"In the field" railroad history adventures...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kayaking on the Lamoille River

Well it wasn’t biking but there is a bit of railroad history in this adventure so it’s worth posting here…

On Thursday Sept. 4th, we took an 8-mile trip downriver on the Lamoille River ending at Jeffersonville. The weather was hot but beautiful and the river was very peaceful.
Launch Spot
On the River
Pause at the Sandbar
Andrew swimming upstream
Super Short Video

The Lamoille River Railroad Bridge -- soon to be part of a 96-mile rail trail...

About the Railroad

Lamoille Valley Railroad was constructed in the 1870s. At the time it was known as the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad (StJ&LC) . Passenger service ended in 1956. Major flooding in 1995 and 1997 damaged the line so much that it was not profitable to repair and the line was abandoned.

About the Rail Trail

Since 2002 the State of Vermont is working on converting it into a 96-mile rail trail.


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