This fall, four of us made reservations on the Mt. Hood Railroad. The ride was advertised as an "Autumn Festival" ride. The cost was a hefty $27, so our expectations were high.
Upon our arrival in the train car, we noticed a putrid odor. The entire cabin smelled like a downtown parking garage corner. Several of the seats had noticeable stains.
Our seats were supposed to have been facing each other, but were not. Riding on a train for an hour while not being able to talk to each other did not appeal to us, so we moved to the other train car in search of facing seats. We found them, but this cabin was unheated, and we had to keep our coats on,
There was a layover in a small town. A craft fair had been advertised, but there were 2 vendors present, selling rocks and cutting boards!!! The town consisted of 2 gas stations and 2 restaurants. We stood in a long line to buy coffee.
The train made several stops to let other trains pass. The scenery was not that great: lots of views of warehouses.
The railroad refunded $2 because of the absence of vendors, but refused to refund our money for this horrible experience.
If you are tempted to take this ride, DON'T. I recommend taking the scenic drive in your car and stopping at Multnomah Falls for their excellent brunch.