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Upcoming Timber Heritage Association speeder runs and news
Thursday 27 Aug 2009, 08:54
Filed under: Humboldt, Manila, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Samoa, THA
Update, I forgot to include the new earlier start time of 9am to allow additional two runs per day.

The speeder ride dates are the Saturdays as follows: Beaware these are full, should be to squeeze a few in.
August 29
September 12. Might have a 2nd speeder coming down from Oregon to help give rides, that will double our capacity.
September 26. Last run of 2009, due to weather.

We are very grateful for the response, and strong demand.

Timber Heritage Association (THA) and friends will have rides on the Arcata & Mad River Crew Speeder these Saturdays beginning at 9:00 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 during the day to reserve a ride for any of the Saturdays we are running. If you can’t make a reservation THA will issue a ticket with a time so you do not have to wait in line.

The news is the THA board approved the buying of five passenger cars for our tourist train for $12,300 each including moving. They will take some good work to restore, but are in good running condition. Full details of moving them, and storage of them still have to be worked out.

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