Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2022-03-18T09:53:43-07:00
Can children ride the rail rider?2022-07-13T15:37:12-07:00

Yes! The rail riders are easy to ride and children are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a rider at least 16 years of age to operate the brakes. For safety, all riders must be secured in their own seat. The only exception is infants, who must be secured in a chest harness to an adult rider. Infants in a chest harness travel free. Younger children may not be able to reach the pedals but can be safely buckled in to enjoy the ride. It is not safe for children to be seated on your lap and this is strictly forbidden.

Who can ride the rail rider?2022-07-13T15:35:17-07:00

Everyone! Couples young and old, groups of friends, and families of all ages and abilities can enjoy this unique experience. Not handicap accessible.  Know your limits, health and physical condition. There is approximately a 1-1 1/2% grade  variation  pedaling to Box Canyon Dam.  The rail riders pedal easily but it does take effort to reach Box Canyon Dam

What is a rail rider?2022-07-13T15:32:58-07:00

A rail rider is a pedal powered vehicle that rides on railroad tracks. They have 4 poly wheels, brakes, seat belts, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. Although the rail riders require pedaling, the magic of riding on rails makes the experience very different from riding a regular bicycle. There is no need to carefully watch the road ahead, there is no need to steer, and riding is hands free – making it easy to take photographs and video as you roll along. All Rail Riders have 4 seats.

How do the tours work?2022-07-13T15:38:12-07:00

All the rail riders leave at the same time, with a tour guide in the lead.  Guides  turn the rail riders around and help with any other issues that may arise. Safety Crews are at each road crossing…please follow their instructions and cross only with the direction of NPOV Lions Railriders staff. You will cross a State Hwy as a group. Only proceed when advised by NPOV Lions Railrider volunteer  staff member.  Slow down when passing through rail switches and over country roads.  The group spreads out along the track so that there is a safe space between you and the rail rider ahead and behind. This allows each group to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors and the magic of the railroad at their own pace and in their own space.  Each railrider has 4 seats. Each scheduled ride can have up to 11 railriders. Depending on how many guests are scheduled, you may be asked to share a unit with new friends. This is all part of the adventure.

How can I pass a slower rider?2022-07-13T15:38:40-07:00

Passing is not possible – the aim is to enjoy the journey, not to go as fast as you can. A slower rider in front means you will have more time to relax and enjoy the ride. Give other riders space – PLEASE DON’T TAILGATE!!!

What about TRAINS?2022-03-18T09:46:28-07:00

Rail Riders only operate on rails that do not have any train traffic.

What if it rains?2022-03-18T09:44:47-07:00

NPOV Lion’s Rail Riders will operate rain or shine, provided it is safe to do so. Our tours run in light to moderately inclement weather, but will not run in heavy rain that is unlikely to stop, or if threatening weather appears imminent. Ponchos are available for a nominal fee. Appropriate wet-weather clothing is recommended if riding in the rain.  Rescheduling or cancellation due to weather will only occur if NPOV Lions Rail Rider consider it unsafe to be on the rails. Customers who cancel due to weather are subject to our cancellation policy.

Do I have to book ahead of time or can I just show up?2022-07-13T15:41:14-07:00

Booking ahead is strongly recommended. Due to the popularity of NPOV Lions Rail Riders, and the limited number of seats available, many tours sell out quickly, particularly on weekends. Seats are not held in reserve for walk-ins.

How long does it take?2022-07-13T15:42:30-07:00

Each tour takes approximately 2 hours on the rails. The extra 15 minutes includes a compulsory safety briefing. Tour durations vary depending on the speed of the riders, so we recommend allocating 2 hours after check-in so you don’t miss your next activity.

What should I wear?2022-03-18T09:39:53-07:00

Comfortable and loose fitting clothes suitable for hiking or cycling. You might work up a sweat! Wet weather gear is recommended if rain is forecast. Closed toed shoes are recommended.

What should I bring?2022-07-13T15:44:20-07:00

Water, sunscreen, a hat and bug spray are recommended – it can be hot out on the rails!

Railriders cannot accommodate carry-on items such as backpacks, ice chests or other bulky items.

How do we turn around?2022-03-18T09:38:37-07:00

The guides use a platform to rotate to each rail rider to reverse our direction. We travel back the same way we came.

Are there Size and Age restrictions?2022-07-13T15:47:20-07:00

There are minimal seat adjustments for different heights.  Each person pedals independently.
We ask that each guest weigh 250 pounds or less.  Babies and small toddlers can ride in a car seat (that you provide us) attached to a Rail Rider seat (ticket purchase required).  Please arrive 40 minutes early if you choose to use a car seat to allow time to secure the car seat on a rail rider. Young children, at the parent’s discretion, can ride without a car seat but may not be able to reach the pedals.  Infants (1 year old and under) can ride in their parent’s front pack. A ticket is not required for a child/infant held in a front infant pack of a responsible adult.

How strenuous is this activity? Are there hills?2022-07-13T15:48:12-07:00

This is a two-hour self-pedaled round trip excursion.  Rail riding is a physical sport that does require  effort.  Know your limits, health and physical condition. There is approximately a 1-1 1/2% grade  variation pedaling to Box Canyon Dam and it does take effort to reach Box Canyon Dam. With that said however, all the pedals are free wheel.  Strong guests can help the less able guests if all agree to the arrangement.

Will we cross the trestle at Box Canyon Dam?2022-07-13T15:49:12-07:00

Sadly, no!  You will stop just before the trestle.  While the rail riders are turned around for the trip back to Ione, you will have plenty of time for photos the at trestle and Box Canyon Dam. You will cross-smaller bridges over Big Muddy and Little Muddy River on the southern portion of the ride.

Can I bring my dog/pet?2022-07-13T15:49:40-07:00

NO, it is not safe. We have too many enticing deer and squirrels to chase and too many opportunities for your pet to get injured.

What is the minimum/maximum number of people on a Rail Rider?2022-07-13T15:50:37-07:00

Each unit seats four guests with a maximum of four or a minimum of one per unit.  Seating is first come first serve.  We make every effort to seat you with your party, let us know so that we can try to do that.   Each railrider has 4 seats. Each scheduled ride can have up to 11 railriders. Depending on how many guests are scheduled, you may be asked to share a unit with new friends. This is all part of the adventure.

Cancellation and Rain Policy? 2022-07-13T15:51:13-07:00

If you are tardy or the weather is bad there is NO refund.   Please bring or provide your confirmation. We run rain or shine so come prepared to have fun!  Rescheduling or cancellation due to weather will only occur if NPOV Lions Rail Rider consider it unsafe to be on the rails. Customers who cancel due to weather are subject to our cancellation policy. We do not provide refunds for no-shows or inclement weather such as rain.

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