Everything You Need To Know About Railcycling Through Maine
While there are a variety of ways to get around rural Maine, the most unique way has got to be on a "railcycle".
What Is A Railcycle?
According to this video posted by Fit Maine, the name pretty much says it all.
They are two-seater frames that have two seats, two sets of pedals, and four wheels. The are the proper width to ride on a set of railway tracks. They are like a train version of a pedal boat.
Pretty cool, eh?
Where Can I Ride One?
In Central Maine, you can ride a railcycle at the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. From their base of operations in Thorndike, riders pedal their way down a couple miles of track. At the end, they pick the cycle up and turn it around so they can pedal back. The outbound leg is on a slight incline, so you can really fly on the trip back.
Throughout the summer, the company runs three excursions per day. 9 AM, 11:20 AM, and 1:30 PM.
What about the price? From what we have seen on the website, the price for a one hour (well, about one hour) excursion costs $40 per cycle. A railcycle, by the way, fits two
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If riding on a normal (non-pedal powered) train is more your thing, the B&ML Railroad runs a bunch of different normal and themed rides. For example, on July 30th, they'll be running their Pizza & Whoopie Pie Train. Get more details about the railroad from their website.
Have you ever ridden on a railcycle? What did you think?