Ride the Rails on a Historic Crew Car Speeder

Take a ride on Humboldt’s history with a scenic trip along the bay on Timber Heritage’s speeder crew car!

The Arcata and Mad River Railroad crew/speeder car is a restored maintenance of way vehicle that traveled along the railways in Korbel. Originally used for getting the logging crews out into the woods, crew speeder cars were a quick and efficient way to travel. Timber Heritage volunteers restored the A&MRR in 2009 and THA began offering rides in the summer of 2010. The winter of 2016-2017 the speeder is getting an overhaul and the rides will be even smoother!

Our signature ride, offered every 4th Saturday of June, July, August and September, is a four mile round trip ride from the town of Samoa, along the beautiful Humboldt Bay to Manila. This is a great ride to see the flora and fauna of Humboldt Bay as well as some historic locations. These 1/2 hour rides begin at 10 a.m. and run every 1/2 hour until 4 p.m, with the last ride leaving at 4:00 p.m. On these fourth Saturdays, our historic Samoa Shops are open for tours and you can see many of Timber Heritage’s collection of logging artifacts and locomotives. We have lots of docents/volunteers available to answer questions about the buildings, locomotives, and Timber Heritage Association during these events.

If you would like to ride the crew/speeder car come to any of our advertised dates.

Samoa prices are as follows:

Adults  $8.00         Seniors (62+) $7.00       Children 3-10  $4.00   2 and under ride free

Children must be accompanied by an adult

We take cash, local checks, and Visa/Mastercard

Samoa Rides~  10:00 a.m to 4:00, rides every 1/2 hour with the last ride leaving at 4:00

  • Saturday, June 24th
  • Saturday, July 22nd
  • Saturday, August 26th 
  • Saturday, September 23rd 

If you have a group of 10 or more that would like to ride, please call Mike Kellogg at (707) 443.2957 to make a reservation.

As well as our normally scheduled Samoa/Manila rides we often offer rides in other Humboldt County locations. Prices vary at each location. Currently we have scheduled:

Special Rides:

  • 4th of July in Old Town – ride runs from First and E Street North in Old Town Eureka from 10am – 4pm
    • Thanks to our sponsors: Recology of Humboldt County and Redwood Capital Bank, ticket prices for the July 4th ride are: Adults: $5, Seniors (62+): $4, Children (3-10): $1, and children two and under: free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • July 9th – Loleta – Excitement is building for this run as we will be traveling part of our usual run to the north. However, due to a culvert washout from this winter’s rain we can only go part of the way, then the speeder will head south back through town and south over the Loleta Trestle. We received safety inspection approval for the trestle over the winter and are clearing the tracks for this run. More details to follow.
  • July 29th – Eureka Get Out and Play Day – one way free rides between the Adorni Center and C Street in Old Town Eureka from noon to 3pm.
    • Thanks to our sponsors: Eureka Main Street, GHD Engineering, and Mercer Fraser Company.
  • Other rides are yet to be determined. Please check this site for updates.


Please check our Facebook page and events calendar for any additional runs that may be added during the season.