Small Streams

The Rail Belt
September 14, 2008, 7:52 am
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Before the blue or green or red belt – Allegheny County’s attempt to make a ring road system – Pittsburgh had a rail belt. Created in 1886 to relieve rail congestion, the Pittsburgh Junction Railroad (h/t to Bob Gangewere, who wrote the historic marker) stretches from Lawrenceville to Hazelwood, mostly in out of the way hollows. There’s a tunnel under a stretch from Centre Avenue to Fillmore Street below Craig Street. Part of the Eliza trail bikeway passes nearby some of it. Some of it seems to be touched by the hand of racers. Most of the line is within two or three miles of the Golden Triangle and a good deal of the railway is within a stone’s throw of Pitt and CMU.

(First photo by Liz Perry. Oh yeah, that photo of the parkway bridge with the curve, that’s probably just caused by me moving my cameraphone.)

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Some archival maps put online by Pitt’s Library show the route of the Pittsburgh Junction Railroad. is a good place to start…

Comment by Elizabeth Perry

“touched by the hand of racers”?

Comment by Mark

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