The Hard Cider Express ventures into the forests and foothills of Mt. Rainier on September 8, 2018

We will feature various cideries using Pacific Northwest apples across Washington state. Join us for an experiential journey on the Milwaukee Road as we enjoy cider, rails, and the forests and foothills of Mt. Rainier all in one afternoon!

Sample various Washington cideries and converse with cidermakers on board and at our historic logging camp destination!

Board your coach from the platform at the historic Elbe Depot, and as you enjoy the ride through the Nisqually Valley and cross rivers and streams in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, you will be introduced to the cideries and enjoy a light sampling of the various beverages you can expect to learn more about at the event site.

Cider Apples

Once at the Railroad and Logging Museum, full sampling stations from cideries will be set up. Visit each of the cideries to learn how it is made. Several award-winning cideries will be represented on each trip and cidermakers will be anxious to tell you the story of their process and their business.

Standard Class train coaches are Tacoma Rail cars representative of the 1950’s era Amtrak passengers cars offering reserved seating in climate controlled environment with comfortable front-facing upholstered seats in paired rows.Ride in style in First Class aboard 1940s Olympian Hiawatha coaches from the Milwaukee Road. These table-and-chair coaches allow for parties of 4 to sit facing each other with reserved seating in a climate controlled environment. First Class tickets include the additional amenities of complimentary snacks, beverages, and a dedicated car attendant to docent and provide hospitality services.

Your fare includes tastings throughout the excursion, a souvenir Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum commemorative glass, live musical entertainment, a scrumptious meal at the museum and dessert served during the train ride home. Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the fun, the beauty, and your own smiling selfies!

Train with Smoke


  • 10:30-10:45AM:

    Boarding time at Elbe Depot

  • 11:00AM:

     Train leaves Elbe Depot

  • 11:30AM:

    Train arrives in Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum

  • 11:30AM-1:30PM:


  • 1:30PM:

    Train leaves Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum

  • 2:00PM:

    Train arrives Elbe Depot


  • 2:30-2:45PM:

    Boarding time at Elbe Depot

  • 3:00PM:

     Train leaves Elbe Depot

  • 3:30PM:

    Train arrives in Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum

  • 3:30PM -5:30PM


  • 5:30PM:

    Train leaves Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum

  • 6:00PM:

    Train arrives Elbe Depot

(all times are subject to change and are dependent on current circumstances)


  • First Class Adult: $71
  • Standard Class Adult: $56

Book Now! Reserve your tickets online or call 360-492-6000 to speak with one of our friendly reservation agents!

Entering Mineral

All passengers must be at least 21 years of age to ride this specialty train.

Important information:

  • This train event is an Adult-only event. Everyone MUST be at least 21 years of age with valid ID. IDs will be checked before boarding.
  • You cannot bring your own alcoholic beverages on board.
  • The event area is in an outdoor area of a historic logging camp. Please dress according to weather conditions both current and anticipated. You can expect cool or rainy weather any time in Washington! Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
  • Restrooms are available at event site.
  • Remember to drink responsibly and have a great time!