Biking

This blog highlights some of my adventures with the focus on railroad history. Originally intended as a blog of my rail trail rides, it now also includes hikes, railroad trips and even stop-and-go car trips if they are railroad history related...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Island Line Rail Trail (Colchester Causeway)

Also referred to as the Burlington Bikepaththis Rail Trail features 14 miles of super scenic lakeside riding including a spectacular white marble causeway....



What A Great Ride!

This is an amazing rail trail! Skirting the shore of Lake Champlain, it finishes on a spectacular causeway that goes right across the lake. The views across the lake of the Adirondacks are wonderful.

I started at Oakledge Park trailhead in South Burlington and rode the full 14 miles (one way). The weather was perfect as a severe thunderstorm during the night before cleared away much of the oppressive humidity.
Oakledge Park
An informative kiosk 
Reaching the causeway was fantastic.  It was beautiful with the sporadic trees and the mammoth white marble chunks it was built from...
The causeway was amazing!
There is a ferry here that operates on the weekends to allow bikers to continue on to the islands. The map was on the wall that led to the ferry.
End of the Line
Map of the entire trail
Heading back
White Marble and a Train Relic
Short Video Summary
 

More Trail Info


History of the Line

Built in 1899, Rutland Railroad’s Island Line finally provided a direct connection from southern New England to Lake Ontario.  Two breaks in the causeway were spanned by a fixed iron trestle and a swing bridge that could be opened to allow boats to pass.

It was a very expensive stretch of track to build. The three and a quarter mile marble-block causeway from Colchester Point to Allen's Point at South Hero alone cost the Rutland in the vicinity of $1 million. 

Railroad Related Links

1 comment:

  1. Colchester Causeway - Black and White Photos - quite a few years back
    http://sites.middlebury.edu/rutlandrr/files/2013/12/Poulin-Collection-Colchester.pdf

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