Back in 2015 when driving north on I-91 I noticed an abandoned railroad right-of-way (ROW) in the woods in Cromwell - link >. It turns out it was the vestiges of the Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad (later a trolley system).
Subsequent to my 2015 visit, a paved trail has been built in the area and I returned today to explore a bit more...
Mattabesset Bike Trail and the Abandoned Bridge
|Here's where the "spur" connects to the paved trail|
|A little rock cut - yeah!|
|The kiosk map has seen better days...|
|Where the trail ended - I should have parked here!|
West of I-91
I then drove over to Industrial Park Road to find the trolley ROW
|I saw the ROW remnant and parked here|
|I hiked the old ROW eastward|
|I was able to hike all the way to the Interstate|
Oops - my bad!It turns out after carefully examining maps and ARCGIS topos - this boxed section that I documented descending to the stream was actually an old road NOT the RR ROW. The ROW turned sharply south and has been obliterated by all the commercial and industrial properties.
Next, I headed south to Highland Pond Preserve because I knew there was a section of navigable ROW there...
|A little narrow to ride!|
|Here's the view from across the pond - arrow points to trail/ROW|
Further Historical Info
Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad
(Wolcott Historical Society)