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Lions Train Station - Ione, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 44.456 W 117° 25.394
11U E 468883 N 5398743
Quick Description: Lions markers will be found all over this railway station, mostly because the Lions are today major partners in its operation.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 3/31/2015 7:45:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMNKYZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 1

Long Description:
Since 1981 the Lions and the North Pend Oreille Valley Railroad have been hosting train excursions through the valley. The train operates from late July through late October with most of the excursions leaving from this station in Ione. It is a miniaturized recreation of the original Idaho & Washington Northern station in Ione which has been moved away from the tracks and now stands less than 100 feet east of this station. One of the highlights of the trip is the view off the Idaho & Washington Northern bridge above Box Canyon Dam. The train pauses there awhile for a really photo op.

The North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club was chartered in 1974 and is located in the north end of Pend O'reille County in North Eastern Washington.

Since July of 1981 the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club and the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad (POVA) have gotten together to operate several weekend excursions rides in summer and fall along the Pend Oreille River in Northeast Washington. These rides run along the north end of POVA's railroad, which is especially rugged as the track snakes along the cliffs that shadow the river far below. There are several tunnels and bridges along this stretch of track, ranging from low wooden trestles to the huge Box Canyon Bridge. No road offers the splendid views and awesome vistas that are afforded by a ride on the train.

Using three classic railroad coaches, three open-air cars converted from various rolling stock, and one caboose, this 20-mile round-trip takes approximately one and a half hours and is very affordable for the whole family. Two of the cars are leased from Inland Empire Railroad Historical Society.
From Lions Train Rides

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Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: Yes

Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes

If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
Summertime train rides and excursions

What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: Lions Excursion Trains

Station/Depot Web Site: Not listed

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