Hudson Valley Rail Explorers hit the ground running in year one. According to the Daily Freeman, a Monday meeting of the Trail and Rail Advisory Committee brought some exciting details to light.

10,042 people made the eight-mile round trip from the Phoenicia station to Boiceville. Part of more than $100,000 in investment into the operation, Rail Explorers built a turnaround and picnic area to make the trip feasible.

They were given a five-year contract to operate the stretch of track and expect to grow next year from the nine cars in service this summer. Rail Explorers went through very busy stretches where they were sold out for days and weeks in advance. They also provided more than 20 full and part-time jobs for local residents.

Have you given Rail Explorers a try yet? If you're going to go plan ahead, according to their website, you can expect no cell service within 10 miles of Depot. And you will be going on an approximately two-hour ride.

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