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CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:00pm - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 2:45pm
Cheney Railroad Trail
Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Event Type: 
Outdoor Recreation
All are welcome
Event Description: 

Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. This was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. 

We will meet at 146 Hartford Road, Manchester. Enjoy a tour and commentary of the former Cheney Railroad from the South End north to Center Springs Park and maybe further, depending on weather and interest. We will walk along streets in the National Historic District at the beginning of the walk, tracing the route of the old railroad; then we'll cross into an unpaved areas where the tracks were located. Terrain is somewhat steep and uneven at times. Starts out SLOW with commentary and vintage photos to see, and then proceeds at a moderate pace, with additional commentary. Covers about 3 miles. No dogs, please! 

Susan is an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR-trained CFPA Ramble Guide and Manchester Historical Society volunteer.

Parking Information: 
Park at 146 Hartford Road, Manchester
Inclement Weather: 
Extreme weather cancels; Contact the Ramble Guide below to confirm
Registration Fee: 
RSVP Requirement: 
RSVP not necessary
For Questions, Contact: 
Susan Barlow, CFPA Ramble Guide
(860) 643-9776

This free event is co-sponsored by the Manchester Historical Society and the CFPA Rambles program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA). 

As program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, CFPA Rambles are intended to bring people, fun, and the outdoors together. Led by trained CFPA Ramble Guides, these FREE, engaging outings are offered on trails around the state every month throughout the year. Each CFPA Ramble is designed to show the people of Connecticut how easy and enjoyable a ramble can be and to feature the many different outdoor opportunities our state has to offer.

To prepare for a safe and enjoyable CFPA Ramble:

  1. Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
  2. Bring water, snack, and your excitement;
  3. Leave pets at home (unless otherwise noted);
  4. Wear sturdy shoes; and
  5. Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.