FLRailFan1 wrote:If I'm not mistaken, the old MC&CR line in Meriden is intact because of the quarry.
Yes; they bought it from either the PC (or NH, leaning towards PC) to preserve it in case they ever wanted to ship by rail again.
And while from your earlier posts I can tell you know, but "intact" is a very
gracious term to use... I'd say at least half of the line is completely untraversable even by foot. The swamp immediately west of the quarry has largely subsumed the RoW, and most of the forested segments are dense with brush and trees.
And speaking of the line being built of mostly wooden trestles as opposed to solid figures, one such of these structures is immediately east of the Wilbur Cross Parkway overpass, which is itself right next to the park at Baldwin Pond. Took this photo last summer... gives a pretty good idea of what kind of state the line is in.
I've considered trying to walk the portion east of North Wall Street, towards the junction with the Center Street Branch (which from State ownership map York Hill also owns), where there should be a wooden trestle there at the junction, and to see what lies on the Meriden branch east of there. But I'm convinced you'd need a brush cutting tool to really
be able to traverse it (at least starting from North Wall Street), and that's just for feasibility: it's still trespassing. And while I don't imagine York Hill particularly cares, it still looks mighty suspicious to the people's properties you'd be passing by (and who would probably consider it passing through
), especially in a less-than-safe place like Meriden... which is also another point, is that the closer you get to Quarry Jct, the more dangerous it would (probably) be by virtue of the places you're around.
A small question I thought of writing this post, when was the last time the Center Street Branch was used? (Asking here since it's more of a spur of the Meriden Branch then a branch unto itself.) It has an underpass
underneath I-691, so it had to be at least in the 60's; what was then built as part of a CT-66 freeway was built west of US-5 between 1966 and 1971.
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