"Braided" Right of Way

The original alignment of the canal followed terrain contours to limit excavation and save construction money. After the canal was abandoned, the railroad cut through hills and bridged depressions on a more direct route to allow higher train speeds. The railroad bed crosses the route of the canal several times south of Route 251.

Braided Right of Way

View is from the canal berm looking north; railroad bed is the grade to left while the canal meandered right (east) around a low hill.

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