In September 2012, co-founder of Rail Explorers Mary Joy Lu was watching one of her favorite Korean soap operas when she noticed an unusual pedal-powered apparatus traveling along a set of railroad tracks. Ten days later, she was on a flight to South Korea to meet the designer and manufacturer of the rail bikes that would become the foundation of her business, Rail Explorers USA. From there, the rest, as they say, was history. 

Based in Portsmouth, Rail Explorers offers you the chance to ride tandem or quad, custom-built, pedal-powered rail bikes along railroad tracks journeying alongside Narragansett Bay.

Nervous about what to expect? Rail Explorers are easy to pedal, the terrain is mostly flat and the ride is relaxing and enjoyable. From couples young and old and groups of friends, to families of all ages and abilities, the pedal-powered explorers provide a smooth and comfortable adventure suitable for everyone (including your pup — Rail Explorers are dog-friendly.)

Choose between two different tours: the Northern Ramble, a six-mile exploration of the historic railroad between Portsmouth and the Sakonnet River (a one-way tour), or the Southern Circuit, a six-mile round-trip tour (three miles out, three miles back) down towards Newport and back. All tours begin at One Alexander Road at Melville in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and last approximately 90 minutes.


When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter. 

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing. 


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Explorer rail bikes have four 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.


  • Rail bikes are thoroughly disinfected and cleaned between tours
  • Check in times have been adjusted to allow more time for riders to maintain safe social distancing during check in and departure times
  • Guests are required to use the marked areas for waiting to prevent crowding at check in counters
  • Rail Explorers rail bikes are spaced apart for loading and unloading
  • All tours now operate with a ‘rolling’ departure: Each group boards rail bikes and departs the station in 3-5 minute intervals


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