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Old 12-02-2019, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rail bed, Waterville through Norridgedwock

So Iv'e been hearing rumors that the inactive rail bed from Waterville through Oakland and on up to Madison has or will be purchased by the state and made into a recreation trail. That would be great if it included the bridge spanning the Kennebec in Norridgewock.



That could connect to the existing rail bed in Anson and beyond and be a game changer for those southern towns that have to contend with the rivers to get up north throughout the season.



Does anyone have any confirmation or additional info on this?
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I've heard a similar rumor but nothing solid.
Would be great if it did happen.


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Have good friend in Madison that is very active with the atv club. He said that they are working out the final details on the multi-use trail on the rail bed that would connect right through to Bingham. Came through there in mid November and it doesn't look like it will be this year. Hopefully it will be open for sleds next year. Major issue is the rails as scrap value is low and they must be removed and discarded off the rail bed, major work!!
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I’ve heard that they are going to be taking the barrier off the railroad bridge in north anson soon. That would bypass the river crossing in north anson.
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I’ve heard that they are going to be taking the barrier off the railroad bridge in north anson soon. That would bypass the river crossing in north anson.

That would be great to have that back there !
They do a great job with it....but the windmill crossing is hit or miss.
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It absolutely would be. I have heard that they could possibly have the bridge open at some point this season.
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Spoke with Bingham club member and was informed that no additional rail bed use would be allowed until they finalize the entire rail bed use agreement. I have calls in to friends in North Anson and Madison to find out additional info, I will keep you posted of my findings.
Eliminating the Seavey farm river crossing would be awesome as this is one of the worst crossings on the entire ITS system and lately has gone out multiple times during the winter and ends spring riding when there is still plenty of snow left!!
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Heard the the rumor a year ago that a possible access area would be built in Oakland , guys are already "riding the rails" form Fairfield to Norridgewock when there is enough snow
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The rumor I heard is that the state could possibly have ownership of the railroad bed this January/February. If true this would be amazing.
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