The weather called for good bike riding today so I headed up to Tonawanda to run this ROW. There was a work crew there pouring cement and they said NO to riding on the whole trail. It's closed. So I found another entry point...Where everybody else is riding and walking on it. Nobody gave me anymore trouble.
I started off in Tonawanda and headed south. There are still some RR "stuff" along the ROW. There are still many telegraph poles. I saw a couple of ties laying around and 1 still in the ground. I did find a siding with rail still there and 99% of it under ground. It was an accident that I saw it. I rode right by it on my way but on my return, the sun had come out and was lower which created shadows and the rails popped into view. The trail is nice and will get nicer and they finish off everything. 90% is paved over except for one stretch north of Sheridan Dr and before Colvin. No approaches have been done. They are still pouring concrete for curbs and sidewalks.
This picture is on the north side of the 290 looking south.
This picture is on the north side of Sheridan Dr looking south. This will be a nasty crossing. Lots of traffic! This is also a good location because there are several places to eat in the immediate area. Andersons, TEDS, Paula's Donuts and Dunk'in Donunts.
This picture is on the north side of Kenmore Ave looking south. I'm not certain how far the lighted aspect is going to be. I didn't see any infrastructure along the row north of here. But it is pretty much finished from Kenmore to Main St. This is also the best section of the whole thing....RR wise.
The ROW ends in a giant parking lot and has clearly been flattened. Across the street on main st is the condo's from years ago. Nothing to see really so I turned around with the sun at my back for a better picture of the stone block abutment. I wasn't expecting to see this so when I came upon it, it made the whole ROW worth riding. From all the graffiti on it, it is clear that these abutments have had "visitors" long before this was cleared out.