As I was looking for unique outdoor activities now that it's starting to get nice out.  There are a few options, but nothing quite like this.

There is a pedal car trail on old railroad tracks in Iowa. Seems like a really cool way to explore the beautiful Iowa countryside. Visitors can pedal their way through the scenic trail while enjoying the fresh air and stunning views.

Tomorrow, April 21, 2023 is opening day for the Boone, Iowa Rail Explorers USA location which allows you to travel the old railway system using those old hand cars.

Brief History of Handrails

I only remember hand cars from Looney Toons cartoons.  Usually, Wile E. Coyote is pumping it to run away from the train he didn't realize was on the track (even though he was trying to get that poor Road Runner hurt by pouring free bird feed on the tracks).

I digress.  In the 1800s, rail workers used these hand cars to travel along tracks in order to inspect and repair them. We get to have way more fun!

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The Benefits of Using Old Railway Systems

They've found a great way to recycle and repurpose infrastructure that would otherwise go to waste. What a great way to support and preserve the historic railways that have played such an important role in the development of our country.

Finally, the scenery along old railway lines is often breathtaking. From picturesque countryside views to glimpses of historical towns and landmarks, there is always something new and interesting to see.

The Boone, Iowa Division

Rail Explorers have a place in Boone, Iowa where riders can enjoy beautiful views of the Des Moines River Valley.

"This 12.5-mile round trip will take you from open farmland to the Des Moines River. On the way, you'll cross the Bass Creek High Trestle & the Des Moines River Bridge."

To book your Boone, Iowa tour today, call us at 1-877-833-8588 or visit their website at

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