Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

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Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

Postby RichCoffey » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:27 pm

Photos, Maps and even a short video featuring some nice rock cuts
http://rc-pedalpoint.blogspot.com/2017/08/retracing-railroad-morrisville-to-st.html

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Re: Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

Postby RichCoffey » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:33 pm

Seeing the B&M design etched in the leather seats was pretty neat!
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Re: Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

Postby RichCoffey » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:14 am

Apologies for the wrong link :-( it has been corrected!
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Re: Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

Postby RussNelson » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:38 am

RichCoffey wrote:Photos, Maps and even a short video featuring some nice rock cuts
http://rc-pedalpoint.blogspot.com/2017/08/retracing-railroad-morrisville-to-st.html

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Bicycled it this summer. It's downhill all the way down to St. Johnsbury. I was going about 17mph the whole way. Coming back to Morrisville? I was doing about 8MPH. It's a continuous grade probably about 1%, except for about 1/4 mile where it reverses grade.
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Re: Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

Postby NHV 669 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:04 pm

Did it with my father last fall from the Jct. at St. J, to Marty's 1st stop and back. Heading west, it sure is a good leg workout. You aren't wrong, sure is fun cruising the way back though, almost don't have to pedal the downhill stretch paralleling Route 2.
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Re: Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

Postby New Haven 1 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:28 am

This post caused me to read about the Lamoille Valley that traversed this right of way. According to Wikipedia, apparently severe flooding in 1995 and again in 1997 is what finally did the line in.

Other than mentioning once again, here is yet another example where there are limitless funds to create rail trails by the very same people who reason that it "isn't profitable to repair the tracks" while not being able to explain where exactly these "profits" are realized by the rail trails that in reality are permanent taxpayer burdens.

Off of my soapbox, what were the major customers on this line? I found photos on Great Rails indicating by the mid to late 70's double headed power was rare due to freight volume being down.

The scenery looks really nice like it would have been a great ride for people of all ages regardless of physical condition.

I am lucky enough to still be able to ride a bicycle, but, my elderly father who cannot won't be able to enjoy it thanks to very shortsighted thinking.
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Re: Retracing the Railroad - Morrisville to St. Johnsbury VT

Postby NHV 669 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:40 pm

The shot I have included was taken here, https://www.google.com/maps/@44.5401352,-72.4513369,3a,75y,37.88h,79.49t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s01c8CYj9z_EPdfFc08_jCg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 photographer/date unknown.

For traffic, it was mainly a bridge line, although I believe a Talc plant in Johnson was an online customer in the past.

Chris (thebigham) runs a FB page centered on a photographical history of the LVRC, found here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/185323998495799/

Dave Poor, one of the members, was the engineer on the last train from Morrisville to St. J, 11/12/94.
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