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Lions Scenic Train Rides - Ione, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 44.456 W 117° 25.394
11U E 468883 N 5398743
Quick Description: The Lions scenic train excursions leave from Ione or Metaline Falls. All Aboard! You can purchase tickets and enjoy the clicky clack of the train. Station is located at Main and Railway in Ione.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 4/2/2015 12:43:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMNM7Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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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. 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

Schedule for 2015:
July 25th & 26th 2015 (Sat. and Sun.)
September 5th & 6th, 2015 (Sat. and Sun.)
October 3rd & October 4th, 2015 (Sat. and Sun.)
October 10th & October 11th, 2015 (Sat. & Sun.)
October 17th & October 18th, 2015 (Sat. & Sun.)
October 24th & October 25th, 2015 (Sat. and Sun.)

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Engine Type: Diesel

Gauge of Railway: Standard Gage

Approximate Adult Fare: 15.00 (listed in local currency)

Approximate Child Fare: 10.00 (listed in local currency)

Type: Spur (out and back)

Length of Route: Approx. 30 miles

Dates of Operation: From: 7/25/2015 To: 10/31/2015

Frequency of departures: Twice a day

Key Attractions:
Bridges, River Gorge, passes through a tunnel bored through a rocky knoll, and enjoy the fall colors during October. Special events coincide with the train rides: Down River Days (July) Affair on Main Street (September) First Autumn Colors (October)

Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: no

Railroad Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:

Provide a picture of something with the train. Possible photos include the entertainment on board the train, the train itself at any location along the route, a picture of the scenery with part of the train in view, the kids borrowing the engineer’s hat. Show us you had a good time visiting the train. If the train isn't running when you visit get a photo of one of the many railway related items that can be found in locations like this.

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