After a long hard, freezing cold, snowy, windy, Winter, Nature is starting to come around and make area’s green that was once brown and snow laden.  I had the chance to return to one of my favorite area’s and publish what it is here that I remember so well.

Long ago, this was a railroad bed for the Pennsylvania & Blue Mountain RR that hauled goods thru here from the Coal Region area down into Philadelphia.  I was in the early 1900’s that the Railroad stopped running here and the tracks were left to rust away along with the wooden ties.  Many years later, the Hamburg Historical Association got the rights to turn the rails into a walking, jogging, bicycle, and hiking trail that extends 7 more miles beyond this point.


Along the way there are markers made of wood that let you know what was once here and how far you have walked so far.


About a 1/4 mile down the trail, you cross this old, old Bridge that supported the steam engines on their way South.  It still stands after all these years have passed.  It is quite rusted.


Some of the old tracks still exist, but are not used that much.


This is looking down the old Bridge that is now part of the Walking Trail.  It was named the Bartrum Trail, but I don’t know how they came up with that name.  Like I stated before, the ole’ Bridge is very rusted and probably would not support a heavy weight.  If you look down to the dirt road beneath, it’s a good 50 ft. drop.  This is why there are chain link fence along the edges.

Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.


  1. If only I could walk Les, I would love to walk that trail. Love the bridge, and the trail is so peaceful looking. I’m going to call this my wishing trail.

    1. Sorry for being late. I apologize to you in that I did not know you could not walk. Is this something that is temporary? or is it a permanent thing? How did you get into that position?

      Walking on that Trial is nice, but it can get very tiring for us that don’t walk that much. Being it was a old Rail bed, it’s pretty flat at most area’s. It does stretch for 7 miles, so you have to remember that if you do the whole 7 miles down, you have 7 miles back. That’s a total of 14 miles! A long way to walk if you can do that. I would not be able to go that far. I think I’ve done 2 miles down and 2 miles back. That wore me out! Just don’t walk that much. If I walked more often I might be able to go that far. Be Well ~ Les

      1. No problem Les. I have MS, and walked until a couple of years ago when it became too advanced. Now I get around outside my apartment by power chair, and take chances using my walker in the apartment. When I was young and on the farm the kids and I would walk the 5 miles to one of the other farms and them back to the home farm just for the fun of it. I had to move to town about 20 years ago, but I’ve adjusted and everything is okay. I just wheel around in my chair, scaring the wits out of anyone who gets in my way. Doesn’t do a lot for my heart either though. I never was the best driver in the world, just a fast one. Have a good night, and take lots of photos so I can take walks thru them.

      2. I’m sorry to read this. I do know 2 other people that have the same problem as you. They get along just fine, so far, but the MS for them get’s worse and worse as time goes by. I pity them, because it must be very hard to put up with. I wish you well. I will try and publish more now that weather is getting much better. Thank you so much for enjoying what I Post. ~ Les

  2. Les, I think the vista is spectacular and the compositions in these shots are amazingly nice.
    BTW, how are you progressing with your new Gimbal?

    1. Dear Alix

      Thanks for your comment. My new Gimbal is working just fine, so far. It seems to steady my Images when I have my 80-300mm Lens on it. I have not had a whole lot of usage thus far, but I do like it. There is one problem with it that I noticed, and that being the quick release that my camera sit’s on. Once in awhile when I change camera’s, the release is a bit hard to get on and off. Also, the screw to install the camera is hard to reach, but I solved that problem. It is also a bit on the hefty side when I want to carry it from one place to another. What I should do is take a shot of me with the Gimbal Head installed. Other than that, I’m glad I purchased it. ~ Les

  3. It looks like a very interesting walk. Curiosity about Bartrum saw me use Google, and it seems he was an 18th century naturalist who explored over several of your States from 1773 – 1777. His name is used for various recreational trails on land and water. We have lots of these walking / cycling trails being built along old railway beds in Australia. Some takes weeks to walk – not that I’ve tried that!

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