I was in the area and as always, curious about what kind of railroad presence still exists. A quick ride through the industrial area south of Rt 66 (Marlborough Street) showed there are still tracks and a few hoppers on a siding. Of course the street I drove on was called Airline Street--named after the Airline route that whizzed through here ages ago.
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, November 3, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Today having business in Southington (actually Plantsville), I decide to ride the Farmington Rail Trail -- officially known as the "Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. " I parked at Dean's Stove and Spa (I had a pellet class at 5pm) and first rode north to where it ends.
Kinsmen Brewing Company
|Google Map Route >|
Saturday, September 25, 2021
When riding in Portland, CT this morning I checked out the Riverfront Park and took a a snapshot of one of the kiosks that had a map of the quarries' narrow gauge railroad.
|Enhanced to illustrate the railroad|
Sunday, August 15, 2021
It was perfect weather today - especially welcome after a long oppressive hot and humid spell last week.
I rode south from Hop River State Park to where the actual rail trail ended and you had to ride on the road which was almost in Willimantic.
It was a very scenic ride with rock cuts, riverside views, meadows, swamps, deep forests and even a covered bridge!
|At the start|
Sunday, August 1, 2021
This morning I rode the Rockville Spur Rail Trail. It's an easy ride...
A bit of history
This spur opened in 1863 - Rockville was a booming textile center and need a railroad connection. The last freight train from Vernon was in 1970 and in 1975 the rails were torn up for scrap.
|The kiosk at Vernon Junction was very informative!|
|Riding under I-84|
|This building looks like it might have been an old freight depot...|
|A mysterious foundation here|
|This 1915 Valuation map proved my hunch that there was a siding here|
|The embankment into Rockville|
|Remnants of a stone lined waterway on the left|
|At the end of the line at Vernon Street|
|An old mill converted into apartments|
|Don't be confused by the sign title - this is Rockville!|
A super short one-handed video