Trolley Trail ride-thru from Clarks Summit to Dalton, including the connector to Ackerly Little League Fields. Just two days after opening, we observed 45 trail users in 11 minutes over the 2.64-mile stretch of trail.
"Vine Lopping" ceremony on October 10, 2014
(L-R: Bill Kern, Executive Director; Cheryl Ellsworth, Trail Coordinator; Abby Peck, Board Member; Jim Dougherty, Board President; Ellen Ferretti, Secretary of DCNR; Jim Wansacz, Lackawanna County Commissioner)
With Final Construction Plans completed by Tim Wilson of TPW Design Studios, Countryside Conservancy began 2014 by opening construction of Phase 1 of the Trolley Trail up for bids. On March 7, we signed a contract with the lowest, best qualified bidder, Dan Rutledge of Rutledge Excavating from the Honesdale area. Rutledge quickly began work on the trail and the progress is exciting! The plan is to have construction completed by early autumn, but please check back here for updates.
On December 14, 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced the award of $566,000.00, to Countryside Conservancy through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The grant will fund the development of approximately 2.8 miles of the Trolley Trail from South Turnpike Road in Dalton to Lackawanna Trail in South Abington Township. This award will be used to complete trail design, trail construction, fencing, bollards, erosion and sedimentation controls, ADA access, retaining walls, landscaping, trailhead facilities and signage on this first phase of the Trolley Trail.
“This trail will become a great gift to the community, and I anticipate ongoing community support once folks see the actual construction begin,” said Bill Lewis, President of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors. Board member Abigail Peck added, “I’m thrilled that construction will finally begin on this long awaited dream, first envisioned by my mother, Rosamond “Roz” Peck.”
DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails, and conserve open space.
“Our grant investments work to bolster our vision for the health of our families, the vibrancy of our communities, the strength of our economy, and our quality of life in Pennsylvania,” DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn said. “These grants allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vibrant and attractive.”
Countryside Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of lands and waters in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit, now and for the future. Anyone interested in learning more about the Trolley Trail project and other land preservation projects can contact Countryside Conservancy at (570) 945-6995 or visit www.countrysideconservancy.org.
From 1908 to 1932, the Northern Electric Street Railway operated an interurban trolley line between Scranton, Lake Winola and Montrose. The Conservancy is working to turn a 14-mile section of the right-of-way into a non-motorized recreational trail to connect Clarks Summit, Glenburn, Dalton, La Plume, Factoryville and eventually Lake Winola.
Through easements and purchases, the Conservancy has control over the first 3 miles of trail from Clarks Summit to the Dalton Borough. While most of the trail is in great shape, a considerable amount of work still needs to be done in order for the trail to be accessible to as many people as possible. The Conservancy is currently working to secure funding for the construction costs of grooming, fixing drainage issues, parking, benches, interpretive signage and various safety features. October 10, 2014 will be the ribbon-cutting event for the opening of the first 3 miles of Trolley Trail.
a pictorial history of the trolley by late historian Norm Brauer, is available for purchase from Countryside Conservancy. This comprehensive history of the Northern Electric Railway contains over 200 pages of photos, history, anecdotes and business records, plus foldout maps.
With a detailed history of the trolley line that once served communities as far-flung as Scranton, Clarks Summit, Glenburn, Dalton, Factoryville, Lake Winola, Nicholson, Hop Bottom, Brooklyn and Montrose, this is a great gift for any history or rail buff. The book sells for $33.39 including sales tax (shipping and handling extra). Call (570) 945-6995 or email email@example.com to order your copy! Book sales support Countryside Conservancy operations, including the development of parts of the old trolley line into a non-motorized recreational trail.
We thank author Norm Brauer and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, the National Park Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which generously helped support the reprinting of this local classic.
The Northern Electric Trolley Station still located on Main Street, Dalton
Annual Conservancy Meeting & Stewardship Award Presentation: Wednesday, May 3, at 7:00pm in Evans Hall at Keystone College...more