(Alamosa, Colo.) Sept. 15, 2011 - The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa, Colo. has two special excursions for October that will make the change of the season a thrill for the whole family.

On Oct. 1, an excursion train departs from Alamosa for the town of La Veta, Colo. for the 25th annual Oktoberfest celebration. Once there, passengers will enjoy a German Bier Garden featuring imported and domestic beer and wine, the Twin Peak Rodder's Car Show, live German and modern rock music, and over 60 arts, crafts and food vendors.

Trains depart the Alamoso Depot at 9:00 a.m. and returns from La Veta at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $48 - $149 for adults and $38 - $138 for seniors and children. Excursion tickets include the price of entry to Oktoberfest. A special menu will also be available for those interested in dining on the train.

The Pumpkin Patch Train, scheduled for Oct. 29, is a great way for all ages to get into the Halloween spirit. The one-hour tour departs from the Alamosa Depot at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. The train takes passengers on a brief ride to a pumpkin patch just outside of Alamosa where children can select a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch and explore a hay bale maze.

Passengers are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes on the train and can go trick-or-treating while aboard the Rio Grande. The train will have a cotton candy and popcorn machine on board while complimentary apple juice and cookies will be available on the return trip. Club Car passengers will travel in a private VIP car and will receive a special goodie bag. Ticket prices range from $15 - $30.

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad depot is located at 610 State Ave., Alamosa To purchase tickets or for more information call 877.726.RAIL or visit or on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad conducts fun, nostalgic and entertainment-filled train excursions through one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1878 as the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, it played a critical role in the region's development for decades and today provides memorable trips from Alamosa, Colo. to the Spanish Peaks and the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will host numerous special events during 2011, including a summer concert series onboard the trains, the Rails & Ales Brewfest, special steam trains to Antonito and Monte Vista, Saturday evening dinner trains, a Photo Spectacular excursion and much more. The Rio Grande's sister railways include the Mount Hood Railroad in the Columbia River Gorge, the Copper Spike Train in Arizona, the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad in New York State and the West Texas Polar ExpressT and charter excursions with High Iron Travel. For more information, visit

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