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We offer guided handcar and electric rail bike tours across railroad tracks through Fort Ord Dunes State Park 15 minutes north of Monterey.  We currently operate on weekends only.

We design and handcraft our amazing fleet of railcars. We offer two types of railcars for those looking for an effortless electric assist experience and our handcar for those looking for something more physically demanding:

Electric Assist Railbike

Pedal effortlessly over our six mile tour route aboard our fleet of electric assist rail bicycle vehicles. Our all new solidly engineered rail bicycles carry two people and include a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system that will help you climb the hills of the Monterey Rail Line without exertion. Our amazing pedal assist vehicles are good for riders ages 5 and older.


These are handcars, meaning you provide the physical effort using your legs and arms to propel the rail vehicle. When you book one of our handcars, you are booking a car with four seats for up to four participants. The Monterey Penninsula is the only place in the world where you can participate on a handcar tour. If your riders do not regularly exercise we suggest you choose our effortless electric assist rail bike over the handcar. Pumping a handcar over our six mile route may be difficult for participants that are not accustom to physical activity.

These are guided tours with the handcars and rail bikes traveling together as one unit with trained guides leading on a handcar to the front and to the rear of the group. The experience is about 1.5 hours in duration.

Our six mile long tours travel next to the ocean through scenic Fort Ord Dunes State Park. The scenery is spectacular with the tracks rolling alongside sand dunes, through coastal scrub, Monterey Cypress groves, and finally through a Monterey Pine forest. At the top of the hill the route loops around to itself with a sweeping view of Monterey Bay. Our track is one of the most scenic rail lines in California.

Age, Weight, and other Restrictions

  1. Each participant must be at least 10 years old to ride the handcar, and at least 5 years old to ride the railbike. Riders need to be under 300 pounds to ride the handcar and 325 pounds to ride the rail bike.
  2. The design of the handcar precludes carry infants in a sling because the pump arm comes back at the chest.
  3. All participants must have full use of arms and legs to safely seat and support themselves on the vehicles.
  4. Caregivers of persons with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum should consider the hazards associated with the handcar before booking. Please consider our rail bicycle that offers better protection from pinch points and other hazards.
  5. Closed toed shoes are mandatory.
  6. Animals are not permitted as they cannot be safely transported on the rail vehicles.


You are paying for a rail vehicle, we do not charge per person fees. 

Effortless electric assist rail bike $149 – carries 2 people.

Handcars are $219 – carries up to 4 people, but you need at least 2 people.  We offer an early bird handcar special for $199 per car for our 9am tours. This only applies to our handcars.

We also host team building events for companies looking to improve teamwork among its workgroups. Visit this link for more information.

Have more questions or want to learn more about our tours:

  1. Visit our FAQ page for more questions and answers.
  2. Our television media page has broadcast stories about our tours.
  3. Visit our Virtual Museum and learn more about our equipment and handcars
  4. Want to know what there is to do in the area? Visit our page with local restaurants and activities.