About the Former Rail LineThis trail follows the rail bed of the Rutland and Washington Railroad built in the 1850s. The line served the slate quarries that produced sheets of rock that were as roofing material. By 1871 foreclosures and mergers led to the Delaware & Hudson Railroad (D&H) leasing the line. Improvements in highways and truck transportation led to the eventual demise of the line in 1983.
Source: Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail (TrailLink)
Station PhotosI started at the former Granville train depot which is now an elegant Bed and Breakfast.
GranvilleSadly most of the storefronts are empty in this once vibrant town. Hopefully the rail trail may help revive the economy a bit...
As this old topo map indicates, this side viewing platform was once a spur. Perhaps it was a coal trestle? ...
Once across the river, you ride thru the industrial section. Much of it is abandoned. Old maps indicate you are actually riding on a spur...
It was very hot and humid and the ride itself was super flat and scenic but kinda boring.
To the right of this sign post is where the tracks actually went (see map below).
Smooth and wide was the ride (hey that rhymes!)
I found a spot of loose slate on the trail and I heard some really loud noises of presumably big trucks working the quarries up the hill to the east.
The Google Aerial view shows the long line of quarries that parallel the trail.
West PawletOnce at West Pawlet, I rode a bit further over the bridge and then turned around.