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...

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Hyde Park to Cambridge Junction

I rode 24 miles (12 miles each way) on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. It was pretty flat and a bit boring as there was hardly any railroad remnants to see except for the converted Cambridge Junction station. Still, it was a beautiful day (although a bit chilly) and my curiosity needed satisfying!
Interestingly, it's downhill from Hyde Park to Cambridge Jct.

Since I did the stretch from Morrisville before, I started at Hyde Park this time.
It's an easy ride - primarily farm country.

Dog's Head Falls

Before the town of Johnson, there's a very scenic falls right off the rail trail. Google Map Location >

Cambridge Junction

Once I arrived at Cambridge Junction, there was a lovely train themed playground at the old railroad station!
I had my apple here :-)
There's a great write up of the history...
In addition, there's a covered bridge over the river

End of the Trail

Once at the playground, it's just a short ride over the former railroad bridge to the end of the trail.
This old junked double decker bus seemed out of place in northernVermont!
The railroad continued on but the trail officially ends here for now

On the Return Trip

I snapped a photo going back over the bridge - note mountain in the background
river side scenic shot
For some strange reason, this sand pit /gravel quarry intrigued me
Big Turtle lounging by the side of the rail trail

Short One-Handed Video

Further Info

Railroad History:

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Glenville/Alplaus VIsit

A short visit to upstate NY to visit my family is never complete without checking out railroad remnants :-)

Old Stone Railroad Bridge

This lovely stone railroad bridge can be found off Glenridge Road in East Glenville, NY.

Historical Details
In 1881, the Boston, Hoosac Tunnel and Western Railway opened an extension west from Mechanicville to Rotterdam Junction. This was later to be incorporated into the Fitchburg Railroad which by 1919 became part of the Boston & Maine RailroadMore info >
1930 USGS Topo Map

Trolley Bridge Ruins - Alplaus, NY

I have been here numerous times... This view of the Mohawk River old trolley bridge piers is looking south. It was part of the Schenectady Railway. Historical Details >
Note kayakers
Note Birds

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Progress on the Maybrook Trailway

While up in Lake Carmel, NY working on a recording project, I drove over toward Patterson to check out the countryside, Being a bit of a railroad hound I sniffed out construction on the old Maybrook line and discovered it is being made into a combo of both rail and trail! Details on the project in the Further Info section at the bottom of this post.

 (Click pics to enlarge)


Formally owned by the  Central New England Railway, the Maybrook Line was assimilated into  New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1927 to connect its Waterbury Branch in Derby, Connecticut to its Maybrook Yard in Maybrook, New York, where it interchanged with other carriers. It was the main east-west freight route of the New Haven until its merger with the Penn Central in 1969.  Metro-North acquired the line, which runs from Danbury, Connecticut, to Beacon, NY in 1994 for $4.2 million.

The historical topo map below illustrates the Maybrook Line on the left. At this point in time it was owned by the Central New England Railway.  The former New York and Harlem line is on the right.

Current Status

1- Route 311 overpass

I drove over to Patterson and got lucky! - A MetroNorth train pulled into the station.
Patterson, NY
A couple of Google Street Views to illustrate the progress...
2- Google Street View .>
3- Google Street View >