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...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hibernia RR Bridge Abutment

I took Monday off from work and my original intention when traveled back the CT from the Capital District was the ride the Albany Helderberg Rail Trail. It's an abandoned stretch of former D&H tracks converted to a rail trail.

Albany Helderberg Rail Trail

When I got to where it begins in Albany, it was incredibly nasty cold, very windy and overcast so I opted to ride it at another time.
At the start of the trail (in South Albany)
A dispenser for sun block (yellow) and a bike tool stand- how nice!

Hibernia Bridge

Traveling south on the Taconic, I decided to revisited the Hibernia Bridge abutments on Wappinger Creek. Although it is much more overgrown since my previous visit in 2015 (link), now there is a wood chip pathway and a lovely bench at the abutment. Not sure if it was built by a neighbor or the town but its nice to know the ancient stonework gets appreciated.
The abutment
The Bridge back in its heyday


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Newport NJ Spits on Its Past!

The Hoboken Terminal

The Bad

9-7-2017 - A stroll along along the waterfront walkway today revealed a troubling change. The signs that previously detailed the waterfront history have been replaced by the ever ubiquitous real estate adverts. What a shame!
Last October
Now...


What historical signage still remains is sadly cracked, worn out and/or riddled with graffiti. It was a sad and sorry sight but...

The Good

…There’s a small but very sweet tribute to the DL&W near the water’s edge...
..and the terminal itself still preserves much of the grandeur of its past glory.
And the maps and signage by the ferry slips are very well done and informative.
The train sheds...

Looking south :-)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury Vermont


Crappy overcast and rainy weather but with a forecast for a clearer afternoon made me get started late and detour up to Morrisville to check on any remaining railroad vestiges before I ventured east to ride the rail trail.

Morrisville

The Morrisville Train Station has been wonderfully restored as a coffee shop and also serves as a trailhead for the rail trail northward.
Nicely restored/preserved
Looking Westward
Looking Eastward
East of the Station
Looks like a pretty serious BBQ!


West Danville

I stopped at West Danville to start my rail trail ride but it started to rain so I ducked onto this quaint spot: a post office and a general store - where I had a homemade beef stew while wanting for the rain to subside.

Danville

Still looking lousy outside, I decided to drive to Danville and start my trek there but first….
I checked out the train station!


Riding the Rail Trail

I started my ride at Marty’s. The sky look ominous but the rain never returned!

Once riding, I did notice this tie plate but otherwise there were very few remnants of the railroading days present.

Once I saw this, I immediately burst into the Beatles Song! :-)

There are quite a few rock cuts on this section of the rail trail (I really enjoy the sensation of riding thru a rail cut).

I have made a brief "one-handed" video of some of the highlights of ride- ENJOY!

On my return back up to Danville, I noticed this pile of ties off to the side.

Trail End (St. Johnsbury)

The trail ends in this nondescript site so I just turned around and rode straight back (but going up the entire way took a little longer).



St. Johnsbury Depot

After my ride, I drove down to St. Johnsbury and visited the railroad station. It is now a welcome center and museum.
Museum Photo - in the heyday of railroading
This was marvelous - see the B&M design etched in the leather?
A map of the yard area in the railroads heyday

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

White River Junction VT Train Station

On my way up to Northern Vermont to mountain bike, I decided to stop at White River Junction and sniff around the railroad area. I was amply rewarded!
Source: Open Street Map
The station is still active as an Amtrak passenger station and had a small but nice railroad exhibit  inside which included a poster of locomotives...

But of course the main attraction was the restored steam locomotive and caboose...
Caboose
Stream Locomotive

And strangely, there was a Buffalo and Pittsburg Diesel switching freight cars just up a bit north!

Further Info

At one point, 14 railroad tracks traversed the village and White River Junction was known as an important railroad center. Union Station was built in 1937 by the Boston & Maine Railroad company on the foundation of the 1880 building. It served the Boston and Maine Railroad and the Central Vermont Railway.  (More about the Steam Locomotive refer to #52)