MickD wrote:Another question.Is there anything left of the right of way between
Wykagyl&Chester Heights south of North Ave.?
Yes and no. My father and I walked that that part of the line a couple of years ago(spring 2003). We went north from Chester Heights. There really nothing left from Chester Heights going north for about a half mile. Then you'll come upon the two very large bridge abutments that can be seen from the Hutchison River Parkway. The south abutment has no remnants of the roadbed leading up to it. The elevated roadbed is completely gone and the area has been flattened out. On the north side, there's some isn't much roadbed material left behind the abutment. The concrete foundations for the cantenary towers have been unearthed and are lying on their sides. You get a real good idea of just how big those things really are. You only see a small piece of them sticking out of the ground. They actually go down about 10-15 feet into the ground. Past this location the roadbed is heavily obscured. Alot of tree growth.
Parts of it have been dug away to make room for houses and such. Heading north parts of the roadbed are still somewhat intact. Most of the intact sections reside in people's backyards. This area has a walking/horse trail that runs parallel to the roadbed. It helps make it easier to follow. Just be careful of the horses and watch where you step...
Heading a little farther north, you'll come upon Bonair Road. This street is a dead end. You'll find two smaller bridge abutments here. There are two houses built on both the north and south sides of the roadbed on top of the abutments. Continuing north from here the road bed becomes a bit obscured again. You'll have to veer off the trail and walk through the woods to follow it. Be aware it runs through people's backyards in this area (read that as "Private Property"). You can get pretty close to get a decent view, but please don't trespass. One interesting thing I saw was in one backyard the homeowner blacktopped over the roadbed to make a small basketball court for the kids. The northern edge of the court has two concrete cantenary footings still standing on both sides of it. I doubt the homeowner has any idea what they are. The roadbed continues though backyards for another few hundred feet from this point and then it becomes totally obscured and almost impossible to follow on foot. You then reach Stratford Road(?) and here you'll see, on both sides of the road, what appear to be the remains of the tops two bridge abutments in front of two houses.
That was as far as we walked. Anyone else with anymore info feel free to speak up and add to my description. Hope this helps a little.