Catskills rail bikes up and running for 2018

Rail Explorers roll into action on Memorial Day weekend, with the first two weekends already sold out. Marketing manager Patty Hanson said over 2000 tickets have been sold for the rail bike company’s first season in Phoenicia. During the two-hour tours, riders will pedal in groups on the train tracks from the Phoenicia railway museum to Mount Pleasant and back, Thursdays through Sundays. In early July, the schedule will shift to seven days a week. Tickets are sold in pairs, for $85 per pair, and are available at https://www.railexplorers.net/.

Read more about the rail bikes in our previous article: https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2018/04/24/explore-the-catskills-on-a-rail-bike/

Ulster County executive Mike Hein was in Phoenicia on May 23 for a ribbon-cutting, along with several county legislators, three Shandaken town council members, Lower High Street neighbors, Phoenicia business owners, and other locals. As cottonweed fluff blew past, Hein expressed confidence that the rail bikes would attract people to Phoenicia and “give us a chance to show them what makes Ulster County so special,” supporting businesses in the process.

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Hein and other attendees rode three of the four-seater bikes along a portion of the route. A bus ferried a second set of riders to the stopping point for a pedal back to Phoenicia through the sunshine, with intermittent views of the Esopus Creek from the tracks.

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