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Upcoming Timber Heritage Association speeder runs
Sunday 16 Aug 2009, 06:05
Filed under: Humboldt, Manila, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Samoa, THA

The speeder ride dates are the Saturdays as follows:
August 22 (Newly added date)
August 29 (full–no advertising needed)
September 12 (Newly added date)
September 26 (original date advertised, half full)

Thanks to strong demand, we added the new dates.

Timber Heritage Association (THA) and friends will have rides on the Arcata & Mad River Crew Speeder these Saturdays beginning at 10:00 AM, ending with last ride at 3:30 PM. Members ride free otherwise the ticket donation is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 11. THA’s Humboldt Bay Scenic Railroad will be operating the crew maintenance vehicle (speeder), which was built in the late 1930’s by the Arcata & Mad River Railroad and recently restored by THA volunteers.

The rides begin near the Cookhouse (please park there). The speeder will travel from Samoa to Manila on the mainline NWP track by the bay and back for a trip lasting 20 to 24 minutes. The rides are on a schedule leaving on the hour and half hour.

Guests will be able to tour the old Hammond Roundhouse facilities where six steam locomotives and one diesel locomotive that formerly operated in Humboldt County are housed.

Call Gerry Tomczak at 707-441-1960 Friday to reserve a ride during the day. If you can’t make a reservation THA will issue a ticket with a time so you do not have to wait in line.

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5 Comments

Out of curiosity, Cap — how do you pull this off on a railroad that’s been shut down by the FRA?

Comment by Hank Sims

I recall seeing a speeder flier stating reservations are made the day before the ride. How is it that the August 29 ride is already full?

Or is the rule that you call for reservations on any Friday irrespective of your desired ride date?

Comment by AJ

Why are people so negative about everything to do with the railroad? GROW UP! I am so sorry that NCRA doesn’t want to give the lines away. Maybe if the cities of Blue Lake, Arcata and Eureka would like to purchase the railroad from NCRA they might be more open to the idea of turning the tracks into a trail.

Comment by Joshua Woods

Great site, I now have you bookmarked to come back again.

Comment by GoogleGuy

The answer is the reservations are done on Friday for any of the open dates.

Comment by capdiamont




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