What is red and tan and rolls along the Auto Tour route? The C&E Cardinal Express! The C&E (for donors Carlos and Eulalia Araoz) is the new all electric tram at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. With maximum seating for 14, the tram was put into operation at Super Saturday, to the enjoyment of all who toured on it. The tram offers a great view and operates silently for minimum disturbance of wildlife.
Driver training was never this much fun!
Training is now underway for volunteer drivers who will operate the vehicle and be able to help passengers identify wildlife along the way, as well as share the history of the Refuge and information about Refuge operations. Volunteer applications to become tram drivers are still being accepted; email the Friends or call the Refuge, 903 786 2826.
Starting in November, regular tours will be scheduled, weather permitting, on Wednesdays and weekends. Watch for schedule details. Reservations for the tours, which will be limited initially to 8 adults, with additional room for up to 3 children, will be taken by phone during regular business hours. Any unreserved seats on the tours may be filled by standbys at tour departure time. Tours are free, but donations to the Friends of Hagerman Tram Fund will be accepted.
For maximum enjoyment of these tours, which will last approximately one hour, no smoking, no cell phone use, and no food will be allowed aboard. Passengers will want to dress for the weather as the vehicle is totally open for best viewing! This means bring a wrap!
Each person who tours on the C&E will say “Thanks, Carlos and Eulalia!”