Railcycles offer new way to ride the rails

Jun 27, 2012

This is the third year of summer and fall railcycling out of Thorndike. The project is sponsored by the Brooks Preservation Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization which works to maintain use of the trains and track in Waldo County. Each four-wheeled cycle carries two pedalers. Riders must be at least 10 years old to pedal. No balance is required, just leg muscles for pedaling and turning the bikes around at the end of the run. The cycles are located at the site of the former Thorndike railroad depot at the junction of routes 139 and 220.

Cycle runs go either to Brooks or Unity, depending on group preference. Each run is approximately three hours round-trip to go the full length. Arrangements for shorter runs and other times may be made with sufficient notice.

Roughly scheduled runs are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are required, as volunteers donate their time to accompany each group.

The fare is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 16. All fares go to the Brooks Preservation Society. Reserve by calling 568-3523 or emailing gardenvariety25@gmail.com.

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