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Railbike Tours Inc. - Railbike History Page

Enjoy a truly unique experience!  For bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike!

As seen on KING-TV's Northwest Backroads, Sunday April 23, 2000

A Brief History of Railbiking

Research shows that railbiking has been around nearly as long as railroads and bicycles. A railbike patent in the U.S. Patent Office database is dated 1869. Scores of patents for railbike systems were filed between 1880 and 1920 around the world.

Michael Rhode on Patented Railbike

Railbikes were once used by railroad companies for track checking, moving workers at work sites as well as going for assistance when the locomotives broke down. Telegraph companies also used railbikes to maintain telegraph lines that often followed railways. In the Midwest and other regions with sufficient winds, workers using railbikes sometimes put up sails to power them along the tracks.

Extremely stable patent pending design


Relax and have fun while you tour

Like its contemporary, the bicycle, railbike design went into decline with the advent of the internal combustion engine and the automobile. A few independently minded designers and tinkerers kept the concept alive for the last 90 years and today there is a resurgence of interest in railbiking.

Using modern materials and fabrication processes, Railbike Tours, Inc. builds safe and efficient railbikes for use on authorized railroad lines for the enjoyment of the general public.

Tandem Railbike Design Patent Pending Railbike Tours, Inc.

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