Phase IV of the trail is slowly but surely progressing! Here are some volunteers helping to finish the recently completed bridge located near Marlee Acres and just west of Haymaker Farm Road. It was completely this Saturday (5/26/18).
Some winter pictures from along the trail. You never know what nature will surprise you with!
Pictures from the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Murrysville to Trafford section:
Volunteers helping in various ways:
Preparing for the grand opening.
Cleaning up a fallen tree across the trail.
Before and after photos of Turtle Creek’s bank along sections of the trail where the Westmoreland Conservation District completed a streambank stabilization project to benefit both the integrity of the trail and water quality of the creek.
Before: severe bank erosion along Turtle Creek and the trail
These are pictures from 2013 and 2015 found on the blog coalandcoke.blogspot.com of the Murrysville to Trafford section of the trail before its completion into the new section of the Heritage Trail. See if you can find any of these before pictures’ locations on your next ride on the trail!
2013: The old bridge at Trafford Road in Murrysville.
2013: Coming into Murrysville. The “Whistle” sign before the Trafford Road crossing.
2013: Rough railroad.
2013: Old mile marker. Five miles out of Trafford.
2013: The turnpike bridge that crosses Turtle Creek.
2013: The turnpike tunnel that takes the trail under the turnpike.
2013: The bridge after Saunders Station.
2015: Crossing at Lilian Avenue. No tracks left.
2015: In between Lilian and Carson.
2015: Crossing at Carson Avenue. No rails here.
2015: The bridge before Trafford Road. This bridge (deck) is in horrible shape.
2015: Trafford Road still has tracks.
2015: No more tracks at the Meadowbrook Road crossing.
2015: Heading west.
2015: Old mile marker. 5 miles to Trafford.
2015: The turnpike bridge with the tunnel in the distance.
2015: The crossing at Saunders Station Road still has tracks.
2015: The bridge after Saunders Station.
2015: Heading west.
2015: The Forbes Road crossing still has tracks.
A nice write up from the Delmont Salem News 9/16/2015 about the old railway.
Model oil derick built by the boy scouts at the Haymaker Well site.
The Haymaker Gas Well marker. The reason the rail line was built.