Rail Explorers, featuring pedal-powered rail bikes, will begin its Rhode Island operation with tours along ‘The Northern Ramble’ – a six mile exploration of the historic railroad between Portsmouth and the Sakonnet River on April 8. The Rail Explorers: Rhode Island Division is presented by the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad.

What’sUpNewp was the first to break the news that Rail Explorers was exploring the idea of coming to Aquidneck Island back on October 12, 2016.

 
“Rail Explorers offers an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay on custom built pedal-powered vehicles,” stated Rail Explorers CEO Mary Joy Lu in a prepared statement. “Our eco-friendly business is all about rail bikes and how we can provide an amazing journey using existing railroad tracks,” she continued.

 
Available from April 8 through November, the tour takes 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. Although the rail explorers require pedaling, the magic of steel wheels on steel rails makes the experience very different from riding a regular bicycle. Tandem Rail Explorer (2 seats) or Quad Rail Explorer (4 seats) are available.

 
Tours of the ‘The Southern Circuit’ – heading south from Rail Explorers Melville Station – will begin on June 28. The ‘Southern Circuit’ tour takes approximately 90 minutes.

 
All tours begin at 1 Alexander Road at Melville in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  Group, private, team building, educational and special topic tours are available.

 
For tickets, gift cards and information, visit www.railexplorers.net or call 877-833-8588.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.