Walking Tour Along the Old Cheney Railroad

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Walking Tour Along the Old Cheney Railroad

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

1900 photo shows the depot of the South Manchester Railroad, located at that time just to the east of Cheney Hall. The depot was moved farther north in 1910, and is no longer in existence.

Meet at the office steps, Fuss & O’Neill, 146 Hartford Road, Manchester. Hikers will trace the route of the former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States.

We will start our hike in the South End, heading north toward Center Springs Park. We will see the town of Manchester improvements at the Park Street bridge and trestle over Center Street. Some of the hike will be along roads. About 3 miles round trip. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. FREE.

Click here to see information about the history of the Cheney Railroad. To enjoy the trail on your own, print a copy of this railroad map.


February 18
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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