Photos from the 2004 Eagle Cap Limited Excursion

Joseph, Oregon

Saturday, May 22, 2004, and Sunday, May 23, 2004

On Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, 2004, SARM sponsored the Eagle Cap Limited over the former Union Pacific Joseph Branch in northeast Oregon. The train ran 124-mile roundtrips from Joseph through the Wallowa valley and along the Grande Ronde River to Gulling and back. This trip covered some of the most scenic country in Oregon. Several stops were made along the line for photography. This was one of the first operations of a passenger train over this railroad in the last 40 years, since mixed train service ended in 1960. The Wallowa Union Railroad Authority has just reopened the line between Elgin and Joseph. They hope to operate passenger excursion service over parts of the line in the future and have operated several trains for their supporters. This train was the first public trip over the entire Wallowa Union Railroad Authority operation. For more information, contact the the Eagle Cap Excursion Train at www.eaglecaptrain.com, the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce at www.wallowacountychamber.com, Union County Tourism at www.visitlagrande.com, the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association at www.eova.com, or the Hell's Canyon Scenic Byway at www.hellscanyonbyway.com. For additional photos of this excursion, see www.trainweb.org/chris/rare2004.html (Chris Guenzler).

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Our official hotel welcomed the crowds as we arrived in a mix of rain, snow and sunshine. Event chairman Bart Jennings poses with the rainbow before heading to the train.

The Eagle Cap Limited featured a former Southern Railway locomotive pulling four cars that once operated behind the restored steamer SSW819. The train boarded at the Joseph, Oregon, grain elevator, a major landmark in town.

Seating included coach, chair, and table cars. Here the cars are being prepared for the trip.

Crowds were common as both trips were sold out, with riders coming from more than 25 states and Canada for the event. Here we are reloading after a photo stop at Wallowa on Saturday.

Runby - cue the rain! This runby was held at the great location of the Grande Ronde River crossing.

The sun and rain finally cooperated as we conducted another Saturday runby at Deer Creek.

Scenery, scenery, scenery! This route is one of the most scenic in the northwest. Here is a typical view as we follow the Wallowa River on our all-day adventure.

All photos this page by Sarah Jennings.


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