Adirondack Scenic claims success with late season rail-bike introduction

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UTICA, N.Y. — As it looks for resolution to its ongoing battles over portions of its tracks, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad is offering trips on rail bikes, for those who prefer to pedal their way through the scenic vistas.

The railroad had a limited run of five bikes operating beginning in September, and reports the trips were well received.

"It was fun. It worked. There was a lot of interest in it," says Bill Branson, board president of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society Inc., which operates the railroad. "It's outdoors, it's good exercise, it's not expensive. It's a great way to see the sights if you want to get an outdoor activity."

The Utica-built bikes hold four passengers, each of which has a set of pedals. The pedals operate independently, so a rider can choose not to pedal.

The railroad is developing a business plan for bike use for 2019.

"We set it up in Thendara originally, and ran north for six miles. It was well received, and unless there's some reason not to, we will probably try to do the same thing in Saranac Lake next year," Branson says.
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