Our Story

Kim and Anita Metlen

OUR STORY

Hello! Welcome to the official website of the Oregon Coast Railriders. We are Kim and Anita Metlen, owners of Oregon Coast Railriders and our original innovation, Joseph Branch Railriders. A few years ago, while admiring the scenery along the miles and miles of unused track through the beautiful Wallowa Valley, we hatched an idea – wouldn’t it be great to ride a bike on the railroad?

Advocates for fitness and fans of history and nature, we researched  railriders in other parts of the world and discovered a similar business in the Eastern United States and other parts of the globe. With help from local manufacturing companies, Kim redesigned and fabricated the rail units to serve our vision.  The new railriders were first tested on the rail line fall of 2013. After acquiring permission from the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority, Joseph Branch Railriders became reality. We set up a base of operations at 304 North Main Street in Joseph and the business began quietly offering rides in May 17, 2014, using the season to refine our equipment and operation. A grand opening was celebrated May 23, 2015, the launch of a busy second season and a second 26 mile round trip offering from Minam to Wallowa. In 2016, we expanded our schedule in Joseph to five days a week, Thursday through Monday, to accommodate our growing popularity.

With the amazing success of the Joseph Branch Railriders,  Tillamook movers and shakers learned of our creation.  At their request we began operation on the Oregon Coast at Bay City just North of the City of Tillamook. We begin operating Oregon Coast Railriders  May 26, 2016 in Bay City.

Cycling is our passion! We owned and operated Mountain Works Bicycles in La Grande for several years, before selling the shop to our daughter and her husband, Mavis and Whitfield Hartz. We have long been involved with the development of bicycle tourism in northeast Oregon and across the state. We were leaders in the development and designation of the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway, under a program of Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Parks & Recreation. Admired nationally, the Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program is unique to Oregon and patterned after the state’s acclaimed scenic byways program. Since 2013, we have been involved with the effort to install a  63 mile multi-use trail parallel to the track from Elgin to Joseph which led  to the development of the railriders.

Come Join the Adventure! We look forward to putting you on a railrider at the Oregon Coast or in the Wallowas – two of the Seven Wonders of Oregon!

Our goal:

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  • To promote the Oregon Coast and contribute to its economic stability.
  • To share the splendor of the Oregon Coast