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Crooked River Dinner Train

Crooked River Dinner Train Opens May 30
Under new management, a Central Oregon icon returns with a fresh approach

The Crooked River Dinner Train and Cougar Canyon BBQ announced that the train will have its first dinner run of the season on Saturday, May 30th. The train is under new management and will run every Saturday, with more dates to be scheduled as the summer progresses. The train will also be transformed into the Cougar Canyon Whistle Stop Tavern from 3 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, while it is parked in its location off Lone Pine Road between Redmond and Terrebonne.

“To us, the train is an important piece of the culture of Central Oregon and we are looking forward to creating memories for our riders,” said Jimmy Brundage, owner of Cougar Canyon Catering which took over operations for the train earlier this year. “We have changed the menu, changed the entertainment line-up and kept the authentic experience that the train provides.”

The food will feature a northwestern homemade theme, with new menu changes occurring often. Diners can expect to feast on smoked tri-tip, chicken or salmon, along with vegetarian options, and finish up with a variety of homemade pies. All meats and produce will be locally sourced, and the train will feature Oregon wines and beers.

The scheduled Saturday night runs will continue the murder mystery entertainment tradition with a new and improved twist. Upcoming dinner train themes include wine tasting and family entertainment evenings, comedy night and guest celebrity night.

The Crooked River Dinner Train is also available for weddings, reunions, corporate retreats/meeting and other special events. The Saturday night dinner train ride is $79 for adults, with special pricing for seniors, children and groups. The full schedule and pricing can be found online at or by calling 541- 447-6251.

About the Crooked River Dinner Train
The Crooked River Dinner Train was constructed in the 1940s, with cars that were originally intended for cargo. They were dining cars about 20 years ago, and the dinner train with incorporated entertainment began in the early 90s. The train travels on a 38-mile round trip through the beautiful Crooked River Valley. The dinner train is still touted as one of the unique experiences available in Central Oregon.

About Cougar Canyon BBQ
Cougar Canyon’s mission is to provide the highest quality barbecue and grilling techniques using traditional time-honored methods to satisfy the needs of every client, while providing great service and value. The company specializes in quality "homemade" food, including secret BBQ sauces, marinades and rubs, family recipes and the freshest locally grown meats and vegetables available. Company founder, Jimmy B, had his passion for cooking and serving the public ignited at the young age of eight. After a stint in the corporate world, Jimmy returned to his passion and has realized his dream of creating the best BBQ around with the creation of Cougar Canyon BBQ.


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