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Tips Before Your Trip

The Payette River Flyer adventure offers a unique journey into some of the best scenery in Southwest Idaho along the North Fork Payette River. Our train will travel along remote stretches of the Payette river and through the dense Boise National Forest. Adventurers can relax and enjoy the pristine scenery with glimpses of native Idaho wildlife along the way. Our train ride will offer service for those river enthusiasts looking for direct and easy access to the river along with a logistic convenience of parking in one location. Our service will also provide a relaxing scenic train ride to those railroad enthusiasts in a remote, less traveled area.

Adventurers will travel in our RDC cars built in 1956 by the Budd Company in Philadelphia. These cars were purchased from the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority in 2013. Prior to WURR, the RDC cars had been acquired from BC Rail by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The cars ran as the Lewis and Clark Explorer along the Columbia River between Portland and Astoria during 2003 and 2005 as part of the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition. We will be operating with the INPR #10, #11 and a flat car for the journey.

We will be offering a shuttle service for the river enthusiasts to a take out point along the river south of Cabarton. We have designed a special use flat car to carry rafts and kayaks. There will be one departure time, 11:30 am from Smiths Ferry and advanced reservations are recommended. Please arrive 30 -45 minutes prior to departure so we load your watercraft.

Your trip will be in one of our comfortable climate controlled RDC cars. We will be offering a select list of beverages and drinks along your journey served by a friendly staff. Lunches can also be provided with advanced reservations