DL&W RR, Alford to Montrose, aka Endless Mt Rail /Trail 7/8/12
Having gone through many stages...
...the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western(DL&W) railroads Alford to Montrose branch was a railroad, horse trail, snowmoblie trail, and mt bike trail. It is always a cool shady place to ride one's mt bike! Rides being multi purpose, Topcat got to test his new bike also!
So starting from downtown Montrose in Susquehanna county traveled downgrade, where the line interconnected with the main line of the DL&W RR that is in use now under a different name, Canadian Pacific RR, so we returned up the steep grade to the top, along the way lots of great sights, streams, farm fields and sunny places off the trail. This is not your rebuilt, reconstructed, follow the arrows rail trail with plaquardes and benches, rather rustic original cinder ballast, and washed out areas.
If your going to do this be prepared to explore as places along the way that cross paved roads are now reclaimed and no trace of the railroad can be found, unless you look carefully.
Driving home meant stopping at the terminus of this branch line at the Alford Station, once known as the Montrose Station still standing and very accessable as you can see by our pics! This building is a true piece of art and shame it hasen't been restroed and used for something! Along side is the switching tower a much more ultilatarian structure as passengers weren't allowed in it!
Pic are flowing in and I will post up more info as I get time!
Last edited by NEPMTBA; 07-09-2012 at 03:01 PM.
300 ft elevation change according to the gps!
We stopped for ice cream too!!!!!!!!!!LOL
Last edited by t0pcat; 07-09-2012 at 06:12 PM.
“An adventure is misery and discomfort, relived in the safety of reminiscence.” Marco Polo
Amazing, 100 years of wear on the mortar...
...and the bricks are still perfect!
Arriving in Nicholson...
...the infamous Nicholson Viaduct!
Last edited by NEPMTBA; 07-10-2012 at 08:35 AM.
From what I have read...
...there is a feasibility study in the works to release monies to reconstruct the trail into a more rider friendly surface and of course with better intersections and signage, so if you want the rustic look and ride hit it soon. I did see a few piles of gravel already for spreading.
The Nicholson Viaduct
I know it well spent many a day eating my lunch on it, and swimming and fishing below it on the weekends when I lived up there for a few years.
One of the craziest things I ever did was finding a ladder thats on the outside of the bridge all the way at the end climbing over and getting on the archways, then crossing through the "windows" across the arches and then down to the bottomn of every pillar and then back up on ladders in total darkness, took me over 2 hours to get to the other side.
It was totally not planned, I had with me just a pocket camera from taking pictures off the bridge, no flashlight, no cell phone, and no one knew where I was!
If something happened in those pillars I would still be there!
Please don't try this at home
This was many years ago, and I'm sure the ladders are in worse shape than they were in then.
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The Recovery Sock
Seems I have done that also... ...great place to eat lunch on a Moto ride all the way from Scranton!
Hope I'm not hijacking the thread, but I dug up my pictures from that day, and scanned them into the computer.
First series is what it looks like on top of the bridge.
A picture of a passenger train on the bridge.
And a view of the town from on top of the bridge
Next series is what most people have never seen, a view from inside the bridge at the windows I was climbing through using those rebar steps.
And a view from inside of the side of the bridge.
Last 2 not sure if you can see it, but I scratched Slayer 91, yes it was 1991 when I did this stupid feat, and yes I was into heavy metal back then!
And a shot of the sky from inside a arch.
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The Recovery Sock
...yes I remember it was "that" scary!
Hey 6 great job promoting metal (slayer) but I think you were banging your head too much.. NEPMTBA, always cool pics of some cool place's to ride.