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 Post subject: New West Va. Buffalo Creek & Gauley State Park
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 10:29 pm 

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West Va. Governor Jim Justice announced the planned purchase and development of the former Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad and a connecting B&O branch line as a new West Virginia State Park--the first new park in WV in 30 years. Most of the corridor will become a rail trail, but at least a portion of it will be a Rail And Trail. A section of the trackage re-entered service last year as a railbiking attraction--the only such attraction in West Virginia and the surrounding region.

https://mailchi.mp/wv/gov-justice-annou ... falo-creek

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The entire 72-mile system would be divided into two sections.

The Elk River Trail will span across 54 miles and run adjacent to the Elk River, starting in Clendenin and ending just south of Duck on the Clay-Braxton county border. The trail will be ideal for hiking and biking and will also provide easy access to local boating, fishing and kayaking opportunities along the Elk River.

The Buffalo Creek Trail will spur from the Elk River Trail, span across 18 miles and run adjacent to Buffalo Creek, starting near the city of Clay and ending at Widen in Clay County. Upon completion, the Buffalo Creek subset will feature a walking and biking trail.

Both sections will increase tourism opportunities in areas historically limited in traveler visitation and will also serve as an economic boost to these same areas, many of which were devastated by the historic June 2016 floods.

The state hopes to have portions of the new rail trail system up and running by Summer 2020.


More at link.


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 Post subject: Re: New West Va. Buffalo Creek & Gauley State Park
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 11:12 pm 

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Good/bad news. I was VP Engineering for the ELKR for three years from '94-'97 and have hi-railed it many times. The segment from Duck to just below Clay will have the rail removed, I guess, along with the BC&G rail. Too bad, but we never had more than one customer, A&P's Mitchell plant. It was a gallant attempt, but finally futile.


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 Post subject: Re: New West Va. Buffalo Creek & Gauley State Park
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 12:10 am 

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Where did this come from? It's the first I've heard of it.


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