The Montour and Panhandle Trails

The 46 mile crushed-stone Montour Trail (shown in red) follows the old Montour Railroad, which was built between 1877 and 1914 to link Pittsburgh with the region’s coal mines. The Airport Connector branch (shown in green) provides access to the Pittsburgh International Airport. The Westland branch (shown in green) runs alongside an active railroad to the tiny town of Westland, once a source of iron ore. The Montour Trail connects with the 29-mile Panhandle Trail (shown in blue), which follows a former Conrail line. The photos below are from my ride on June 2, 2016.

Connection to the Panhandle trail

Connection to the Panhandle trail

Tunnel on the Montour Trail near Canonsdale

Tunnel on the Montour Trail near Canonsdale

Section of the Westland branch after it separates from the active rail line.

Section of the Westland branch after it separates from the active rail line.

 

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