Rail Explorers, featuring pedal-powered rail bikes, will begin its 2019 Rhode Island operation with tours along ‘The Northern Ramble‘ and ‘Southern Circuit’ on Saturday, May 11. Rail Explorers: Rhode Island Division is presented by the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad.
“Over 40,000 riders have enjoyed Rail Explorers: Rhode Island since we began in 2017 and we are grateful for the support we have received from the community,” stated Rail Explorers CEO Mary Joy Lu. “In 2018, we were able to employ over 30 local residents and to support many charities and local businesses,” said Lu.
Available from May 11 through October, the tours take approximately 2 hours.
The Explorer rail bikes have 4 steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. There are no age or weight restrictions for riders. Although the rail explorers require pedalling, the magic of steel wheels on steel rails makes the experience very different from riding a regular bicycle. Tandem Rail Explorers (2 seats) or Quad Rail Explorers (4 seats) are available.
All tours begin at 1 Alexander Road in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Free parking is available at the Rail Explorers depot. Group, private, team building, educational and special topic tours are available. A Rail Explorers motor coach is available to transport groups.