It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a . . . Railbike?

Date Posted: December 31st, 1969

Authored by: Casey Mena, Genuine Innovations Brand Manager

LInk to photos above.

That’s right! Bicycling made for the tracks.

Believe it or not, the Rail bike has actually been around for quite some time. Rail biking originally began in the early 1870’s. These bikes were used by railroad and telegraph companies to check power lines, transport workers, and check on broken down locomotives/railways. These bicycles came in many different shapes and sizes. Some had rubber wheels and others were made of steel and resembled the wheels of a modern day rail car.

With the invention and growing popularity of the automobile, some railways began to close and rail biking began to decline. But it isn’t dead! Its history still lives on in certain parts of the world where a select few have taken it upon themselves to resurrect the Rail bikes and build an outdoor adventure around them.

The next time you are looking to take a trip, be sure to visit some of these Rail bike adventure parks:

Joseph Branch Railriders • Wallowa Valley, Oregon

Adirondack Park, New York

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