I Heard The Train A Comin’….

Where once the mighty steam and diesel locomotives of The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad slowly rumbled down the tracks to Belfast, there will soon be a new stream of traffic on the old rail bed.

traintrack1The rusted rails and worn ties will be gone and in their place a new foot and bike path will be laid down. On the soon to be Passy Rail Trail, a collaborative effort between The City of Belfast and The Coastal Mountains Land Trust, downtown Belfast will be connected to the Brooks Preservation Society’s City Point Railroad Museum at the Oak Hill Road crossing.  The B&ML RR will continue operations from there to Unity.

And so we decided to check out a portion of the proposed bike and foot trail before the rails are torn up for scrap. It will follow the western bank of The Passagassawakeag River amid scenic overlooks such as this view of the

Beaver Tail Bar

traintrack2and this view of the location of the old highway bridge, now many years long gone…

traintrack4The line is festooned with wildflowers.

traintrack3Fragrances of Lupine, Daisy , Indian Paint Brush (or so I call them) and Cedar mix with the faint odor of creosote emanating from the old ties. Lumps of half burned coal, used in the old days, still lay strewn along the track bed which runs through forested areas, bedrock cuts and across an old trestle before it ends up at the Oak Hill Crossing.

When work will start and completed I know not but when done The Passy Rail Trail is sure to be one of our favorites..