Ride the Rails- Speeder Rides

Ride the Rails as Timber Heritage Association offers speeder rides on its historic Arcata & Mad River Railroad crew speeder. 
 
June 24, 2017
July 4, 2017
July 22, 2017
August 26, 2017: Salmon, Oysters, Ales & Rails BBQ w/ Speeder Rides Fundraiser (see additional info below*)
September 23, 2017

The ride will take you on a scenic route from the Samoa Cookhouse parking lot out to Manila, with views of Humboldt Bay. The round trip is about 20-25 minutes long and will pass a number of historic timber related sites.  Seating has been increased to 25 with the addition of a trailer car and reservations are neccesary.  The rides will begin at 10am, leaving every 1/2 hour, with the last ride at 4pm.

Rides will depart from near the Samoa Cookhouse on NCRA rails from Samoa to near Manila.  On the fourth Saturdays, people are welcome to come and walk through the Samoa shops and see the THA collection of timber history that includes a historic, circa 1895, roundhouse full of steam locomotives.

Suggested donations will be: $7 - adults, $6 - seniors (62+), and $4 - children (8 & under) accompanied by an adult - $6 for seniors.

Background history: Each speeder was used to bring crews and tools to work sites, for fire suppression, and to bring injured workers back from the woods.  They are called speeders since they could be started up and run immediately on the tracks.  The steam engine of their time took three or more hours to fire up and a trained crew to operate.  The speeders were simple for anyone to operate and always available.
 
*August 26, 2017:
Salmon, Oysters, Ales & Rails BBQ w/ Speeder Rides Fundraiser
A salmon fundraiser BBQ for the Timber Heritage Association. Join us for a fun filled afternoon with BBQ salmon and oysters, live music, vendor booths, and tours of the Samoa Shops. BBQ is available for purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Samoa, CA
707 441 3073

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QUICK FACTS

  • The rides will begin at 10am, leaving every 1/2 hour, with the last ride at 4:00pm.
  • Reservations 707- 442-3073
  • Walk thru the Samoa Shop cookhouse full of steam locomotives (oldest cookhouse in California)
  • The speeder tops out at about 15mph and runs on biodiesel fuel.