FROM A RAILROAD BED TO A WALKING TRAIL

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After a long hard, freezing cold, snowy, windy, Winter, Nature is starting to come around and make area’s green that was once brown and snow laden.  I had the chance to return to one of my favorite area’s and publish what it is here that I remember so well.

Long ago, this was a railroad bed for the Pennsylvania & Blue Mountain RR that hauled goods thru here from the Coal Region area down into Philadelphia.  I was in the early 1900’s that the Railroad stopped running here and the tracks were left to rust away along with the wooden ties.  Many years later, the Hamburg Historical Association got the rights to turn the rails into a walking, jogging, bicycle, and hiking trail that extends 7 more miles beyond this point.

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Along the way there are markers made of wood that let you know what was once here and how far you have walked so far.

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About a 1/4 mile down the trail, you cross this old, old Bridge that supported the steam engines on their way South.  It still stands after all these years have passed.  It is quite rusted.

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Some of the old tracks still exist, but are not used that much.

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This is looking down the old Bridge that is now part of the Walking Trail.  It was named the Bartrum Trail, but I don’t know how they came up with that name.  Like I stated before, the ole’ Bridge is very rusted and probably would not support a heavy weight.  If you look down to the dirt road beneath, it’s a good 50 ft. drop.  This is why there are chain link fence along the edges.