Sunday, June 22, 2014

A visit to the York County Heritage Trail and Historic Railroad

On Saturday, May 31, a few of our committee members went for a ride on the York Heritage Rail Trail, that runs between New Freedom and the City of York, PA. To our wonderful surprise, we encountered the William H. Simpson #17, a faithful replica of the Civil War steam locomotive that carried Abraham Lincoln to deliver his now famous Gettysburg Address. These same tracks carried Lincoln's funeral train two years later. You can now ride on the newly built 1860s replica steam locomotive with newly built coaches that just arrived at the end of September 2013.

 Regardless of whether you see the train, this rail trail is one of the most popular in the U.S. 20 additional miles can be added by starting in Maryland on the Torrey Brown Rail Trail, as far south as Cockeysville. Trail surface is crushed limestone, so hybrid or mountain bikes are recommended.

The below video was recorded by Frank Warnock, riding alongside the train at about 13 mph. 

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