Photo credit: Rail Explorers
– Editor’s note:
With Yelm owning an abandoned rail-line to Roy, this New York & Rhode Island attraction could be a terrific and rather inexpensive alternative to utilize here, drawing tourists with a unique and different experience, especially to cross on the Nisqually River rr bridge.
– About Rail Explorers
Take a tour with Rail Explorers and experience the magic of the railroad like never before! Ride the rails on our pedal powered ‘rail explorers’ – a unique activity suitable for everyone.
Family activity and access for everyone
The rail explorers are easy to pedal, the terrain is mostly flat and the ride is relaxing and enjoyable. Everyone can enjoy this activity: couples young and old, groups of friends, and families of all ages and abilities. The pedal powered explorers provide a smooth and comfortable adventure suitable for all.
– Various pedal options
Pedal powered rail vehicles date back to at least the 1850’s, when maintenance workers used hand-cars and ‘rail bikes’ to travel along the tracks. They were used to transport crew and materials for track inspection and repairs. Today, there are a variety of designs in use around the world: the ‘Draisine’ of Europe; ‘rail bikes’ with aluminum frames and rubber wheels; and modified road bikes with an outrigger wheel.