Everyone deserves a Happy Ending
The Happy Endings Caboose Cafe is open every day 8 a.m – 6 p.m. We offer many varieties of your favorite espresso drinks, locally roasted drip coffee, succulent, sweet and savory crepes, Italian gelato, paninis, and fresh baguette sandwiches. The Happy Endings Caboose Cafe is proud to make everything fresh, from scratch. Looking for a snack after your ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad? Present your train tickets when ordering and receive 10% off your entire order!
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How we got our start
Happy Endings Caboose History
The Happy Endings Caboose Cafe wasn’t always used as a daily destination for espresso, sandwiches, crepes, and gelato. Originally built in 1924 as Caboose 1006 by the Mount Vernon Car Manufacturing Company for the Great Western Railway (GW Railway), it was a working railcar with side doors to load and unload baggage and could accommodate up to ten passengers. It was used until the 1970s for hauling passengers on freight trains.
In 1983, Al and Lynn Dunton purchased Caboose 1006 at auction after the original owner, GW Sugar Company, declared bankruptcy. It was used for three years on tourist trains on the GW Railway. In 1999, Caboose 1006 was sold to the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. It found a new home in 2018, when a crane transported to its current location on 3rd Street between downtown Cañon City and the Arkansas River.
In 2019, the Great Western Caboose 1006 was beautifully restored and converted into a distinctive cafe, where visitors and locals enjoy their own “happy ending” to this railroad tale with a cup of gelato, a delicious panini, freshly roasted espresso, or coffee.
WE MAKE THE GRADE
Dining on the rails We had a club car experience and it was wonderful! Our seats were on the south side of the train and it had an incredible view for the duration of... read more - EliLap24 - 6/25/2020
Great time. Very fun! Inside car gets a little chilly so bring a light sweater. Friendly staff made us feel so comfortable. Train ride awesome and view was great!! Female conductor was... read more - debdanjo3 - 6/23/2020
Great Experience This a must do in Colorado springs. We went to the Royal Gorge bridge prior to riding the train and it really made a difference. The river is spectacular... read more - RobertD4137 - 6/22/2020
Fun day trip This was my first time on a passenger train and it didn’t disappoint. We sat in the Vista Dome and the views were amazing. It was nice to... read more - herowannabe - 6/20/2020
Great views and service, food just ok Took the dome car with our family of five, all sat together, it was very comfortable, but if it’s a nice day I would’ve gone coach and spent the ride... read more - RTMamacita - 6/14/2020
ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILROAD
Hop aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure through the Royal Gorge and Colorado Rockies. Departing daily from the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City.