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.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).