Leaf peeping with pedals.

Sep 10, 2022

Leaf peeping is a favorite autumn activity in western Pennsylvania. And the GAP provides a leisurely path for getting up close and enjoying the season’s color, scents, and crisp feel. The eighty-plus miles of the trail winding along the waterways of the Allegheny Mountains from the Eastern Continental Divide to Connellsville hold plenty of varying…

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Ready! One, two, three ……. LIFT!

Jul 29, 2022

Well, that’s not exactly what happened, but have you noticed that the section of the Keystone Viaduct crossing the CSX tracks is higher than the portion over the woods, creek, and road? There’s a reason. In 2010, CSX upgraded its line to accommodate double-stacked container cars. However, the Keystone Viaduct was too low – just…

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Jul 1, 2022

We had our SCRTA Volunteer appreciation event last night at the Confluence Cafe. It was so great to have all the folks from past and present in one place for a night. Thanks to everyone who came out.  We could not do it without you.  

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Lake Somerset returns!

Jun 6, 2022

After years of work repairing the dam and spillway, building fish breeding structures, adding trails and pavilions, and generally making the surrounding landscape suitable for all visitors, shimmering blue water is beginning to dominate. 22 May 2022, the Somerset Daily American reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has given the authorization to refill…

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Steam is Back! The last Baldwin.

May 4, 2022

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is the offspring of the former WMd Rwy. The route is now the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Connellsville to Cumberland. For years the WM Scenic RR ran excursions from Cumberland to Frostburg. The ride parallels the GAP with plenty of waving between cyclists and passengers.   The Baldwin-built 2-8-0…

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