Yesterday I got out some last minute biking and rode the Peanut. On my way back from Akron I stopped and explored the Universal Atlas Cement spur. Surprisingly, parts of the ROW are untouched and still in place.
As I entered "the spur" from Clarence Center rd, I didn't see anything obvious. Tons of brush and very thick. I couldn't really tell if the ROW was on my left, under the asphalt or to my right. I kept going. At about .5 [distance marker] you take a hard right turn. Suspicious that I just left the ROW I stopped and looked around. Just couldn't tell. Kept going and made the left turn. The sun is low in the sky with about 1/2 hour of sunlight left so I don't know if its helping or not. As I'm peddling along something catches my left eye. I looked and thought it was a culvert or something but I kept going to where I thought the ROW would be. But it was covered in brush. I turned around and went back to get a better view of the "culvert."
Turns out it is a concrete overpass over Got Creek with ballast to match in the correct position and direction of the ROW! I snapped these pictures and plowed through the brush. Its a RR! This is about .7 or so.
Overpass looking from the bike path: https://i.postimg.cc/dQ28bnMf/IMG-2358-1.jpg
On top of overpass looking north towards the Peanut: https://i.postimg.cc/qBwNcFHp/IMG-2360-1.jpg
RR ties, plates and spikes at base of ROW which is about 4 feet high: https://i.postimg.cc/7LL4kKQn/IMG-2359-1.jpg
I then turned around and started walking south on the ROW. Again it kinda "disappeared." Not the usual stone ballast.
Looking south at about .8: https://i.postimg.cc/D0SRZz9C/IMG-2361-1.jpg
In the picture above, the "row" takes a bend to the left but just stopped at a pile of dead trees and brush so I didn't think that was the ROW. So I continued straight ahead. The obviousness of a ROW completely disappeared but I kept walking and came to piles of dead trees and brush mixed with trees still standing. Along with all this debris were more RR ties, plates and spikes. This is about 1.0: https://i.postimg.cc/KvkRXrHT/IMG-2362-1.jpg
This is now very close to Roll Rd. After reviewing the Erie County aerial pictures from both 1928 and 1951....Its a match and viewable!
This location with all the debris explains [to me anyways] why the ROW disappeared south of .8. They must have bulldozed the ROW to clear the road bed to make way for these crazy large homes and condos. After exploring the pile of debris I rode further south to Roll Rd, 1.2[the end]. The new development across the street will likely extend the path. The stone has been laid down.
Anyways, now returning to the Peanut I stop again at .5 to take time to view the area and locate the ROW. Now that I know where the powerlines are and the overpass is, I found it and it rises about 6 inches above the rest of the surface area. I did take a picture of it but the light is not enough to really see the difference.
So I turned around and faced north on the ROW. If you take a look at Google satellite pics you'll see that this home has/had at least 20 RR ties in his back yard just about 100 feet straight ahead from where I'm standing. The ROW goes through the guys pool! haha Where I'm standing: 43.006511, -78.652191
I continued north back to the Peanut and stopped before crossing the street cuz I was looking for where the ROW turned to connect. The grass is cut with a bend in it and it would match the likelihood of the ROW. Across the street the brush changes color which also is an obvious place for it. When looking at the Erie County pics and Google Sat pics, they match with what I saw. Right where it belongs.
Google: 43.015729, -78.651082
I did more RR biking the past several days all very exciting. I was in PA on the Little Toby path, the Alleghany RR path north of Emlenton, Pa [more scenic without leaves] and re-entered the tunnel where I fell last year and the Peanut yesterday. Best weekend ever. Next year the Alleghany again through the longer tunnel 3300.