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Riding the Rails On Human Steam

Thorndike Village, Maine -

Seven pair of rail bikes await riders this season in Thorndike Village. Joseph Feero photo.

THORNDIKE VILLAGE – Robert Holland of Rockland has purchased the downtown “railroad triangle” with engine barn and switching station. Holland will be leasing the property to Brooks Preservation Society, new owners of five of the working railroad cars formerly housed in Unity.
Volunteers from BPS are working to create a small park where people can wait for rail bike runs. The spot will also be the destination of the “Pizza Train” and the “A” Train running this summer from Brooks to Unity. The “A” Train, for the enjoyment of antiques and agriculture, stops in Thorndike with time for visits to Bryant’s Stove
Works, Doll Circus and Music Box Museum, Farwell Brothers Antiques, Garden Variety, Half Moon Gardens and Greenhouses; then on to the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Educational Facility in Unity for a self guided orchard tour.
The barn houses an engine in need of small repair and the siding is summer home to seven rail bikes, each able to carry two pedalers. The bikes can be rented by the public on Fridays and Sundays at scheduled times, pedaled 3-4-5 miles east toward Brooks for an optional byo picnic. Group charters of the bikes are also available at
other times. A conductor accompanies each party in a separate bike to insure safe crossings at roads and highways. No trains run during scheduled rail bike hours.
The grade to Brooks averages 2%; pedaling is not difficult.
Reservations of rail bikes is strongly encouraged. For more info about rail bikes or to make reservations, call Garden Variety in Thorndike, 568-3523, or email
To learn more about trains running from Brooks and the Brooks Preservation Society, check out www.brookspreservation.org. or call 722-3899.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Joe Feero, Ted Warren, Diana Prizio

Email: gardenvariety25@gmail.com