Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad has added a unique event to its autumn schedule. The special afternoon train, called the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad Wine Express Train, is scheduled to roll on Saturday, October 12, 2013. On board will be representatives of two Washington state wineries: Hoodsport Winery and Stringtown Cellars. The afternoon wine tasting excursion is open to ages 21 and over.
The 40-minute scenic ride departs the Elbe Depot at 3:30 PM and travels through the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Guests will enjoy onboard wine tasting in a souvenir glass, accompanied by appetizers and live music. A catered meal with additional wine tastings will be served upon arrival at the depot in Mineral. The menu includes tri-tip beef, scalloped potatoes, salad, roll, dessert, coffee/bottled water (along with additional wine tasting). There will also be time to tour the world's largest collection of steam logging locomotives before returning to Elbe. Tickets for the Wine Express Train range from $40-$50, and are available online.
Other theme trains are scheduled to run weekends through October 27, including Autumn Leaves and the Pumpkin Express. The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad will reopen November 20 for the holiday season with the Santa Express, which runs through December 22, 2013.
The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad is a steam-powered heritage railroad operating between the towns of Elbe and Mineral in Washington state. It's the longest continuously operating steam train railroad in the Pacific Northwest, and was featured on the Emmy-award winning Great Scenic Railway Journeys (click on to see the video).