Finger Lakes Rail Riders: The ultimate regional excursion for history and exercise

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PENN YAN, N.Y. (WROC) — Finally got to ride the railroad … kind of.

I took my camera to Penn Yan and discovered the ultimate Finger Lakes region excursion. The abandoned rail track there, still owned by Finger Lakes Railway, is now being put to extraordinary use.

Kathy Ferron, owner and operator of Finger Lakes Rail Riders, says this is a great way to get some exercise and learn some history.

“People can come and ride on existing railroads that have been here since 1851,” Ferron said. “They can get a little exercise, they can see some beautiful scenery — Yates County is an absolutely spectacular place to see.”

Rail riding has become the rage in certain parts of America. It’s exercise while you can learn about America’s rich rail history, and it’s believed this one in the Finger Lakes is the only one in America where you actually get a guided tour of the history of the rail via two-way radio.

“We do a 25-30 minute narrative via two-way radios on all of the bicycles talking about Yates County, and how Yates County grew, the steamships, and the rails, and then the advent of roads,” Ferron said.

All ages can enjoy this, a ride on the old Northern Central railroad tracks that used to transport people and coal all the way from Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Sodus Point in Wayne County.

“I think that it’s important that we do things in the Finger Lakes that bring families together,” Ferron said. “We have a lot things here for adults, there’s a lot of wineries and craft breweries, but there are not many activities that you can take your nine year old to. This is something that you can come and do at any age and at any activity level that you can be comfortable on a rail bike and it’s a great way to make family memories.”

Interested? You can find out more information, or reserve your time slot, online.

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