Mon, 08 Jun 2015

Rail Trails #14

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

Rode the Northport Rail Trail (0.5mi) and Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail (1.5mi).

The first trail ride for which I have a date is June of 2004. So this has been an eleven-year project for me. Given that I'm not done yet, and they're continually making new trails, it looks like I've got another set of trails to ride.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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Ride starting Sat Jun 6 15:53:07 2015

5.27 km 17303.36 feet 3.28 mi 1273.00 seconds 21.22 minutes 0.35 hours 9.27 mi/hr

The Kings Park Bike-Hike Trail is the former Kings Park psychitric hospital branch off the Port Jefferson branch. Used to deliver supplies to the hospital warehouse and coal to the hospital's central steam heat. Found a chunk of rails south of the warehouse still in the road. The trail leaves the railbed to avoid a portion of the hospital near the steam plant and warehouse. Comes back to the railbed, though, a bit north.

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Ride starting Sat Jun 6 15:21:01 2015

2.61 km 8548.23 feet 1.62 mi 1047.00 seconds 17.45 minutes 0.29 hours 5.57 mi/hr

Rode the Northport Rail Trail on Saturday. It's pretty rough. No signage, concealed entrance on the north, overhanging brush, sandy portions, glass on the trail. On the other hand, people are using it, so maybe they'll improve it.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015

Ride starting Sun Mar 22 12:32:54 2015

2.78 km 9110.09 feet 1.73 mi 3727.00 seconds 62.12 minutes 1.04 hours 1.67 mi/hr

Walked the Andes Rail Trail on a snowy March 22nd. Didn't plan to bicycle it, which was a good thing, because they explicitly only allow foot traffic. I suspect that's because when the trail reaches the end of the railroad portion, it turns and head up the side of the hill. Not good for bicycling. I've seen pictures of it without the snow and the ties seem to still be in place. That makes for pretty awful bicycling.

Uploaded some pictures to Flickr

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Sat, 08 Nov 2014

Rail Trails #13

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

Rode three more trails: Charlie Major, Harlem Valley Hillsdale, and Harlem Valley Copake Falls northern extension. It's snowing right now, so I think the rest of these are going to have to wait for next year.

The first trail ride for which I have a date is June of 2004. So this has been a ten-year project for me. Given that I'm not done yet, and they're continually making new trails, it looks like I've got another set of trails to ride.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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Ride starting Sat Oct 18 13:00:55 2014

2.45 km 8046.76 feet 1.52 mi 1240.00 seconds 20.67 minutes 0.34 hours 4.42 mi/hr

The Charlie Major Nature Trail is not a terribly long rail-trail, but it has plenty of history (ruins) to be appreciated, along with three railroad bridges, several dams, and a pretty creek.

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Ride starting Thu Nov 6 08:55:04 2014

6.91 km 22677.91 feet 4.30 mi 2018.00 seconds 33.63 minutes 0.56 hours 7.66 mi/hr

Rode a brand-new section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. So new, in fact, that the construction workers had to pause to let me through. :-) They were very nice, and I was trying to be as polite as I could about interrupting them. But I got to ride it!

It's a portion of the railbed between Copake Falls to Fado Road, Hillsdale. It extends from Copake Falls to Orphan Farm Road, where there is a nice trailhead being developed.

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Ride starting Thu Nov 6 08:08:39 2014

5.82 km 19108.49 feet 3.62 mi 2054.00 seconds 34.23 minutes 0.57 hours 6.34 mi/hr

Rode an undeveloped section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. It's open to the public but not paved (yet). It's a portion of the railbed between Copake Falls to Fado Road, Hillsdale. I was able to ride from Ford Lane in Hillsdale south to just shy of NY-22. Unfortunately, the railroad bridge was removed, and Black Grocery Road's bridge was also removed, so there is currently no way across the Roeliff Jansen Kill.

Philip Glick says on Facebook's Abandoned Rails group: "...All I can tell you is the following... The southern abutment and bridge was removed under a NYSDOT project in the early 1990's The three things were low bridge clearance, narrow lanes passing under and poor sight distance around the Northbound NY-22 curve. The bridge that was removed was a Deck girder bridge that was silver in color and the dirt fill was cut back also.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014

Ride starting Sun Apr 11 14:35:35 2010

25.54 km 83806.97 feet 15.87 mi 7095.00 seconds 118.25 minutes 1.97 hours 8.05 mi/hr

I reported that I had ridden the Outlet Trail, but didn't make a separate blog entry for it. It's a pretty trail, dirt the whole way, well maintained. It starts in a small park off Elm Street and rides off the railbed until it crosses the Outlet. Then it stays on the railbed all the way into Dresden, at which point it goes up the side of the gorge to get up to the road level.

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Sun, 12 Oct 2014

Ride starting Sun Apr 11 05:51:27 2010

49.61 km 162770.33 feet 30.83 mi 12208.00 seconds 203.47 minutes 3.39 hours 9.09 mi/hr

Blogging about this now, because I didn't do it four and a half years ago. Rode the Catharine Valley Rail Trail. It goes from the village of Watkins Glen, fairly close to the current end of the tracks, down to Horseheads. It parallels the Chemung Canal, part of which is still in water. There are a few bits of railroadiana on the way. A steel milepost, a few steel bridges. It departs from the railbed in a few places. In Montour Falls, the railroad went through the middle of an industrial plant, which is still in use and is currently fenced-off.

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