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wldills wrote:In Trumansburg at both creek crossings there are grades and at the Taughannock Creek crossing abutments. The section of grade from there to Trumansburg Creek through school property was gone, but there were high grades on both sides of Trumansburg Creek. I never got close enough to see if any stonework remained.
The supposedly once deep cut across Cayuga Street was long gone, but north of that the grade curved around some friends' property forming the back side of a pond enclosure that they swam in until their daughter discovered a snapping turtle. A little farther the grade was visible in a cornfield near the Seneca Road Prospect Street intersection.
North of there in Seneca County the land flattens out somewhat and the grade was less defined, but I had photographed that long section visible through a wooded area and a piece of the grade in Covert. The former photo I lost lowever during my move here. There were other lest distinct remains, but I never got farther north than Interlaken.
South there are (or were anyway) lots of remnants in the more uneven terrain.
The locals in the DeWitt (Ithaca) and Trumansburg Historical Societies filled me in on other stuff. The general agreement was that the grading had been completed between Summit (on Ezra Cornell's Ithaca and Athens line) and Lake Ontario except for an unfinished cut at the very south end. No rails ever appeared in Tompkins County, but an old woman I spoke to recalled being shown a pile of rotting lumber as a little girl, that was described as the unused ties for the P&SB. Another person said his grandfather complained that all we got for our investment was bumps in the road with "Look Out for the Locomotive" signs. I believe that somewhere in the Cornell or Ithaca library systems I had once seen a grade map for the entire line, that I thought should have been saved on microfilm. But that was just before my move.
lvrr 560 wrote:The P & SB did some gradeing in Wayne county.East of Alloway there is a cut in the woods that was the ROW..
RussNelson wrote:Sweet! May I put that up on my unfinished-railroads web page?
I went and looked at that area on the map. There's quite a valley they would have had to cross just east of Woodlawn Cemetery, where Main hits Van Kirk Road, and a smaller one along Shaffer Road. I should go looking there for abutments. Oh, and there's VanBuskirk Gulf, which also ought to have abutments, unless they eroded away and fell into the gulf. And yes, there's a pipeline marked in that area. It quickly heads down the hillside at a steep slope.
IthacaRonD wrote:HAnd if you ever need me to look into stuff at the Cornell libraries, let me know. I might not get right to it, but since I'm interested I'm sure I would eventually!
lvrr 560 wrote:The P & SB did some gradeing in Wayne county.East of Alloway there is a cut in the woods that was
the ROW. My guess is that they were heading north to Lyons and close the route 14 highway alignment
to Sodus Point.
SenecaFallsHistSoc wrote:While researching the death of a young boy in 1874 the newspaper said he was swimming in the river in Seneca Falls near the bridge of the P&SB RR
Does anyone know where that might have been in Seneca Falls - could it have been just to the west of the village? I know where the roads crossed the river but not the railroads.