What is a handcar?

A handcar is a manually propelled track vehicle that travels along railroad tracks. Handcars have 4 wheels, seats, and are powered using both your arms and legs in a rowing motion. Each handcar seats 2-4 riders who all contribute to power the car along the track. Two people that are physically active can operate the car.

This is a very unique experience being that the track steers you along the route. The rails and wheels are both metal, so you hear the clickity-clack of the track. All you have to do is provide the power!

We designed and fabricated our fleet of handcars from scratch at our shop in Santa Clarita, California.

What is a rail bicycle?

A rail bicycle is similar to a handcar, except you use your feet to pedal the car along the tracks instead of using your arms.  Our rail bicycles have a state-of-the-art electric assist propulsion system to help propel the car over the Monterey Rail Line, providing an effortless experience.

Can children ride?

For safety concerns children must be 10 years or older to ride our handcar and 5 years or older to ride our rail bicycle. For the handcars there are moving parts and the short stature of children present pinch point hazards. Our rail bicycle is better protected so we can accomodate children as young as five years old. Lap seating and baby carriers are NOT permitted.

How hard is it?

Our rail bicycle is very easy to propel because the machine is aided by an electric assist propulsion system that gives you a helping hand to climb the hills found on the rail line.

Propelling a handcar requires teamwork. This is a physical endeavor that requires moderate effort to participate, as the first half of the trip is mostly uphill. Those that have inactive lifestyle (lot of sitting and lying down, with very little to no exercise)  find the experience strenuous. If you cannot walk or ride a bicycle for six miles then this experience may be difficult for you.  If you cannot use your arms and legs to propel the handcar then for your safety you cannot participate. 

How long is the trip?

The experience is about 1.5 hours long with a break at the halfway point.

How does a tour work?

You occupy your own private handcar or rail bicycle, but you travel with up to 12 other cars.  Cars are spaced out along the track and you control its speed and control the brakes. There are staff handcars at the front and rear of the group to ensure safety and to be available in the instance participants need assistance.  You need to be on-time as the tours are on tight schedules and cannot wait for late comers.

Can I pass other railbike or handcars?

Since our railcars ride on a track, passing is not permitted. This is not a race, but for our handcar we do try to place faster teams towards the front of the group. However, we cannot guarantee your exact placement in the group.

What should I wear and bring?

All riders MUST wear closed toe shoes!

You should bring water and wear sunscreen. Gloves are also recommended if you chose a handcar.

You can bring snacks and small carry-on bags that can ride with you in the storage boxes.

You can’t wear a backpack because the straps can be hooked around the moving handles.

Do not wear dresses or skirts. Athletic wear is suggested.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Animals are NOT permitted!

How much does it cost?

A trip on a railbike, which seats 2 people costs $149 + $4 booking fee. We do not charge per person fees.

A trip on a handcar, which seats up to 4 people costs $199 + $4 booking fee. You are reserving the ENTIRE handcar whether you have 2, 3, or 4 riders. We do not charge per person fees.

Can I cancel or reschedule my tour?

You can reschedule your tour no later than 48 hours of your scheduled tour for any reason.  Keep in mind that rebooking may not be available for the same weekend as our remaining tours are mostly fully booked. If you wish to reschedule your tour contact us and we can make the change. We do not offer refunds.

What if it rains?

We have operated tours in the rain, but we will cancel tours in heavy rain. If there is a threat of rain in the forecast we’ll allow for rescheduling of the tour up until departure time. We do not want anyone to have an unpleasant experience.

What else is there to do in Monterey

Most of our customers are coming to the region just to participate in our handcar and railbike experience. There is more to do so make a weekend out of your visit. We compiled a web page listing some activities and restaurants that are popular with our customers.

Team Events

We host company team building events. Visit our team building page for more information.