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Handcar Tours

Corner of Palm Ave., Marina, CA 93933

Handcar Tours is a Seasonal attraction. This weekend is your last chance to chug along the former Monterey Branch rail line with Handcar Tours at Fort Ord Dunes State Park in Marina.

This summer we are offering guided handcar tours across the Monterey Branch Line through Fort Ord Dunes State Park. 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. Each handcar can carry up to four participants, but we require at least two participants over 16 years of age. Each participant must be at least 50 inches tall and under 275 pounds. Closed toed shoes are mandatory for all participants. Cycling gloves are helpful, but not required.

Tours begin at the corner of Palm Drive and Marina Avenue, in the City of Marina. We are about 15 minutes north of famous Cannery Row. After you receive a personalized safety briefing, our tour group consisting of 12 handcars will depart south towards Fort Ord Dunes State Park. You will be led by trained guides to the front and rear, with speeds varying between 7 and 10 mph for the duration of the excursion. The experience runs about 1.25-1.5 hours, and covers six miles of the Monterey Branch Line along Monterey Bay.

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