Two weeks ago when I wrote about my adventures on the rail-trail in Mason, NH, I mentioned there were signs of life from when a railroad had used this path instead of walkers and cyclists. As I set out last week to explore the Cheshire Recreational Trail, I decided to look for signs of the life that was once here. I could not have picked a better trail.
The most obvious sign is the trail iteslf. The rails and tracks are gone but the railbed is still here. You can see in the photo above that rock had to be blasted out to allow the railbed to pass through granite outcroppings. In other areas, you can see bridges or the railbed built up to pass thjrough low lying land.
And then there were old buildings that still existed.
There were also smaller and subtler signs of the former people who lived here along the trail.
There were smaller and more well-hidden things. I often saw granite foundations for buildings that have disappeared. There were some piles of railroad ties and even a rail or two off the side of the trail. They just don’t make for pretty pictures because they blend in too much with the local greenery.
I’ve been on a lot of rail-trails. You don’t often see this much evidence of what was here before. It all gets “cleaned up”. For me, I enjoyed seeing these relics and wondering what their use was and who came here before me. Thanks for coming along on the ride with me.