/October 5, 2019 @1:00pm

A SCENIC EXCURSION

Pend Oreille River Train Rides

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From the warm days of summer, until the leaves have gone to fiery reds and blazing yellows. It’s a great time for a TRAIN RIDE. This is the same great train the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club operated for the past 35 years. Same train, exciting new location. The Newport/Priest River Rotary Club is the new operator.

We’ll leave historic Newport, WA and follow an absolutely gorgeous route on the Pend Oreille River that the Native Americans followed and lived along for millennia.  We’ll trace the footsteps and paddle strokes of early French couriers d’bois, grizzled sour dough’s on their way north to the Klondike gold rush, steamboat gamblers, loggers, miners, homesteaders, and outlaws. Our train crew knows the history, and the romance of this fantastic corner of the inland northwest. We’ll tell you about it, as the wheels and tracks make that music that made America.

SPORT runs north from Newport to the little whistle-stop at Dalkena. Along the way, you just might spot a moose or an elk. Eagles will be eyeing you from their tree tops. And, you’ll want to be on the lookout for the descendants of the Dalkena Wild Bunch Gang—nefarious train robbers and fancy women from a hundred years ago. Hang onto your wallet and your pocket watch! After a turn-around in Dalkena, we’ll have you back to Newport in about an hour and a half.

The Newport WA, Priest River, ID Rotary Club was chartered in 1996 and is located in the middle of Pend O’reille County in North Eastern Washington. In 2017 the excursion train ride was moved down from the northern part of the county to beautiful Newport, WA. The Rotary will partner with the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad to operate their new excursion ride, the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train or SPORT.

We gratefully acknowledge the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad, staff and crew, without whose help our holiday weekend rides would not be possible. Without their dedication and commitment, we would not be able to make this ride available to you.

Your Train Ride Contribution helps support the many Rotary Club Community Projects. Thank you for riding with us.

Information & FAQs

A scenic train ride meanders through the beautiful Pend Oreille Valley for sights unseen anywhere else. The ride is a 9 mile, 90 minute round trip excursion that starts in Newport, WA at the The Newport Train Depot and follows the beautiful Pend Oreille River to Delkena. Our train crew will tell about the rich history and descendants of the Dalkena Wild Bunch Gang—nefarious train robbers may pay guests a visit along the way. All brought to you by the Newport Preist River Rotary Club.

Early reservations strongly advised. It’s a good idea to buy tickets a month in advance, because the trips often sell out early. If you plan to buy your tickets at the depot the day of your ride, please bring cash or a check. We accept all major credit cards at the depot.

You can buy tickets here on our website any time or call 1-877-5ALL-ABOARD (1-877-525-5226) between 6 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. For more information, e-mail us, explore our website further, or call us.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Once you have purchased or picked up your tickets, take a few minutes to visit the depot. Purchase snacks and drinks from our food vendor to enjoy while waiting to board the train or while aboard the train. Also inside the depot is our souvenir shop where you will find many items to take home to help you remember your adventure.

About 30 minutes prior to departure, the train will arrive and the Rotary Club volunteers will spot the cars so the current passengers can de-board safely. Once the current passengers de-board, you can board any of the cars and find a seat for your trip.

During the ride, no passengers are allowed off the train until it returns to the ride origination point.

The Train

Using three classic railroad coaches, three open-air cars converted from various rolling stock, and one caboose. Two of the cars are leased from Inland Empire Railroad Historical Society.

Rates

2019 Dates & Times

The SPORT Train Rides run on select weekends throughout the year.

June Rides

June 22nd & 23rd
1:00pm

October Rides

October 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th
11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm each day

September Rides

September 21st & 22nd
11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm

Halloween Rides

October 26th & 27th
11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm each day

Location

The train rides start at the Newport Train Depot located at

110 Pine St.
Newport, WA 99156 United States

 

Phone:877-5ALL-ABOARD (877-525-5226) M-F 6am-5pm

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the train ride?2019-03-05T06:00:18-07:00

The round-trip train ride is 90 minutes long.

How do I get my tickets?2019-03-05T05:59:45-07:00

When you purchase your tickets online or over the phone, your tickets will be emailed to you along with a confirmation of your purchase. You will receive a electronic ticket that we may use to check you in. You may also choose print your ticket and bring it with you. All tickets purchased are held at the will call booth at the Newport, WA train depot on the date and time of the train ride only.

Where is the train station?2019-03-05T05:52:17-07:00

The Newport Train Depot

Address: 110 Pine St. Newport, WA 99156

How much do tickets cost?2019-03-05T05:50:55-07:00

Tickets are $20.00 for adults (13 and older), $15.00 for seniors 65 and older and $15.00 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children under 3 years old ride free.

Groups of 20 or more will receive a $3 discount per ticket at time of checkout. No special code is needed as the discount will automatically be calculated.

How often do the train rides run?2019-03-05T05:49:18-07:00

We have train rides during the month of June, September and several weekends in October for our Fall Excursions. You can view all dates on the “Dates & Times” Tab.

Do I need to book tickets ahead of time?2019-03-05T05:46:42-07:00

Yes. You can reserve your tickets online here or you can call our toll free phone number 1-877-5ALL-ABOARD (1-877-525-5226) between 6 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. If there are any tickets left for a ride they will be sold at the station. Tickets purchased at the station must be paid in cash or check only.

What time should we arrive at the station?2019-03-05T05:46:06-07:00

We recommend guests to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the train boarding. Go to the ticket booth to check in and then proceed to the lines and select the train car that you would like to ride in. There is no assigned seating. Groups needing special assistance should arrive one hour prior to departure and alert us to their needs.

Will food be sold on the train?2019-03-05T05:45:00-07:00

No. There is a snack bar at the station grounds where you can purchase hamburgers and hot dogs. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch and drinks in small carry on containers.

Is the train wheelchair accessible?2019-03-05T05:44:17-07:00

There is one open air car that is wheelchair (foldable or motorized) accessible. If you want to ride in an enclosed coach you must be able to ascend a few steps (we are happy to assist you as best we can) to get into one of the enclosed coaches. Groups needing special assistance should arrive one hour prior to departure and alert us to their needs. A folding chair can be carried on one of the coach cars and has room to be set up. There is also room for friends to bring folding chairs to that area or just sit near by in one of the regular seats.

What town does the train depart from?2019-03-05T05:43:35-07:00

All train rides originate in Newport, WA at the Newport Train Depot

Address: 110 Pine St. Newport, WA 99156

Can I reserve the tickets now and then pay for them at the train depot?2019-03-05T05:39:52-07:00

Tickets are sold on a “first come first serve” basis so you must pay for your tickets at the time you make the reservation. You can reserve your tickets online or you can call our toll free phone number 1-877-5ALL-ABOARD (1-877-525-5226) between 6 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.

When should I reserve my tickets?2019-06-10T14:31:49-07:00

It’s a good idea to buy tickets at least a month in advance, because the trips often sell out early. We accept all major credit cards at the depot.

Tickets are sold on a “first come first serve” basis so you must pay for your tickets at the time you make the reservation. You can purchase your tickets online or you can call our toll free phone number 1-877-5ALL-ABOARD (1-877-525-5226) between 6 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.

Are pets allowed?2019-03-05T05:34:21-07:00

Only certified service dogs are allowed. Other pets are not allowed on the rides and there is very little parking in the shade so it is probably best to leave Rover or Frisky at home.

What other activities are available in the area?2019-03-05T05:33:51-07:00

Check our accommodations section to see other activities that are going on during your visit. Other area events will be listed.

Are there restaurants where I can eat in the area?2019-03-05T05:33:19-07:00

See our accommodations section for places to eat in the area. Restaurants and cafes are listed.

Can I verify that my train tickets have been reserved?2019-03-05T05:32:43-07:00

If you did not receive confirmation of your purchase via email, you can check your order status by calling our toll free phone number 1-877-5ALL-ABOARD (1-877-525-5226) between 6 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. If you created an account at checkout, you can login to your SPORT account by going to My Ticket Orders to view your history and confirm your ticket purchase.

Are there bathrooms on the train?2019-03-05T05:28:08-07:00

Yes. Each car is equipped with a restroom.

Are the enclosed cars air conditioned?2019-03-05T05:27:34-07:00

The enclosed cars are not air air-conditioned.

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A scenic train ride meanders through the beautiful Pend Oreille Valley for sights unseen anywhere else. The ride is a 9 mile, 90 minute round trip excursion that starts in Newport WA and follows the beautiful Pend Oreille River to Delkena. Our train crew will tell about the rich history and descendants of the Dalkena Wild Bunch Gang—nefarious train robbers may pay guests a visit along the way. All brought to you by the Newport Priest River Rotary Club.

Please read important information about the ride, seating, and FAQs here.

Tickets

284 available
Adult$20.00Ages 13-64
284 available
Child$15.00Ages 3-12
284 available
Senior$15.00Ages 65+