The Gold Dust Bandits, a rough-around-the-edges group of horseback riders and thrill-seekers, are planning a heist sometime during the 3.5 hour train ride. The rugged roadless area along the Grande Ronde and Walllowa Rivers is appealing to outlaws because it allows them to escape beyond the arm of the law. Passengers are advised to stay calm, don’t argue with the miscreants and leave their valuables at home! Associated with the Powder River Pistoleros, the Gold Rush Bandits have been known to strike the Sumpter Valley Railroad on occasion, as well.
Fall foliage is an added highlight during September and October, with foliage colors ranging from deep crimson to brilliant gold. The train leaves Elgin, Oregon, at 10 a.m. A delicious lunch by Ten Depot Street Restaurant of La Grande is included and served on the train. Ticket prices are Adults, $75; Seniors, $65; Youth, $35. Reservations are strongly encouraged to ensure a seat and can be made by calling Alegre Travel, 800.323.7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask about group rates for pre-formed groups of twenty or more. Go to www.eaglecaptrain.com for more information and a full 2011 season schedule.