CFPA Ramble: Explore an Old Railroad
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. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States.
We will meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north side (right) of Farr's Sporting Good store. From there, we will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park to the new footbridge overlooking Broad Street, which will take about one-and-three-quarter hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk. Rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels; the railroad is not shoveled, so the event will be cancelled if there is heavy snow. Confirm the event by contacting the guide below. No dogs, please.
Susan is an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR-trained CFPA Ramble Guide and Manchester Historical Society volunteer.
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:
- Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
- Bring water, snack, and your excitement;
- Leave pets at home (unless otherwise noted);
- Wear sturdy shoes; and
- Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.