Fall Events

Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum Celebrates Harvest Season With Three Distinctive Special Events in September and October For Wine, Craft Beer and Hard Cider Connoisseurs

Historic Scenic Railroad Near Mount Rainier National Park Offers Fun-Filled, Experiential Tasting Excursions Featuring Notable Washington Wineries, Breweries, and Cideries

ELBE, Wash. — August XX, 2017 — The Mt. Rainer Railroad and Logging Museum (MRRR)™, which offers distinctive year-round rail experiences and special events to passengers of all ages in the beautiful, scenic forested foothills near Mt. Rainier National Park, today announced the dates and ticket prices for its three harvest season event series featuring notable Washington wines, craft beers, and hard ciders: Washington Wine Express, Rails to Ales: Oktoberfest Express, and Hard Cider Steam Train.

With two daily excursions on Sept. 9 and 10, the Washington Wine Express takes wine connoisseurs on an experiential tasting journey along the Milwaukee Road during which they enjoy award-winning Washington wines and the opportunity to meet vintners and sommeliers. Just two weeks later, on Sept. 23 and 24, MRRR guests can ride the Hard Cider Steam Train, which features delicious hard ciders made with apples grown around the state. Finally, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, craft beer aficionados can board Rails to Ales: Oktoberfest Express to sample craft beers made with Pacific Northwest hops and grains, produced by some of Washington’s best breweries.

Tickets for all three events are now on sale through our website here, or by calling the railroad’s toll-free reservations hotline, seven days a week, at (888) STEAM-11 (783-2611).

“These three distinctive fall events, at the height of the harvest season, provide MRRR guests with unique opportunities to sample delicious Washington-produced wines, craft beers, and hard ciders while riding the train through some of the state’s most beautiful scenery,” said Allen C. Harper, co-owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of American Heritage Railways, Inc., the parent company of the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum. “In addition, these special events reflect the MRRR’s continued commitment to staging fun, interactive, and affordable events for a diverse spectrum of guests.”

About the Washington Wine Express

Now in its second year, the Washington Wine Express is a wine aficionado’s dream come true. As the MRRR makes its way through the forests and foothills of Mt. Rainier, passengers enjoy tastings of various Washington-produced wines and conversations with the vintners behind these vintages. Once at the MRRR Logging Museum, guests have two hours to visit wine sampling stations, nosh on more epicurean delights, and interact directly with the winemakers and growers. For more information on the Washington Wine Express, please visit mtrainierrailroad.com/washington-wine-express.

About the Hard Cider Steam Train

The MRRR’s Hard Cider Steam Train on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 is an ideal excursion for any hard cider enthusiast. On board the train, passengers sample various hard ciders, all made with Washington apples, from prominent cideries throughout the state, and get to meet the cidermakers behind these delicious beverages. After arriving at the MRRR Logging Museum, guests will enjoy live musical entertainment, a barbecue luncheon, and sampling stations featuring all of the participating cideries. For more information on the Hard Cider Steam Train, please visit mtrainierrailroad.com/hard-cider-steam-train.

About Rails to Ales: Oktoberfest Express

Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, Rails to Ales: Oktoberfest Express is the perfect experience for craft beer lovers. Featuring award-winning craft beers from throughout the Pacific Northwest, this excursion gives guests the opportunity to quaff delicious brews while learning more about each offering directly from the brew masters who make them. Once the train reaches the MRRR Logging Museum, guests can visit sampling stations manned by each brewery, and have further conversations with brewery owners about their respective products and businesses. For more information on Rails to Ales: Oktoberfest Express, please visit mtrainierrailroad.com/rails-to-ales.

Ticket Pricing and Availability

Tickets for all three events are now on sale through our website here, or by calling the railroad’s toll-free reservations hotline, seven days a week, at (888) STEAM-11 (783-2611). All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

Washington Wine Express standard-class tickets are $64.00 per person, and first-class tickets are $79.00 per person. Hard Cider Steam Train standard-class tickets are $54.00 per person, and first-class tickets are $69.00 per person. Rails to Ales: Oktoberfest Express standard-class tickets are $54.00 per person, and first-class tickets are $69.00 per person.

All-day parking is available in the MRRR parking lot near the depot for $4.00 per vehicle.

About Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum

Located 70 miles south of Seattle in the forested foothills of Mt. Rainier, the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum (MRRR) commemorates the rich industrial history of the Pacific Northwest’s late 19th and early 20th-century settlement and growth. Now owned and operated by American Heritage Railways, the MRRR provides distinctive year-round rail experiences and exceptional special events via its fleet of vintage steam-operated locomotives and coaches which have been updated with modern amenities to accommodate today’s discerning travelers. Boasting the world’s most comprehensive collection of steam-powered logging locomotives, the MRRR’s museum collection is curated and operated by the nonprofit Western Forest Industries Museum. The MRRR offers consumers a unique, enjoyable, and affordable family-friendly travel experience which combines the state’s vibrant pioneering and logging histories with the unparalleled beauty of the Cascade forests. For more information, please visit mtrainierrailroad.com or call (888) STEAM-11 (783-2611); like the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MtRainierRailroad; and follow the railroad on Instagram and Twitter at @VisitMRRR.

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