Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

Delaware


Another nice amenity on the trail are the banners that hang from some light posts. These banners advertise future events around town.
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Looking north from the Wyoming Road intersection.
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Looking south from the Wyoming Road intersection.
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Old photo of a passenger train traveling along the railroad in Newark in the late 19th century.
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Some of the various engine models used on the railroad in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Section of the sign interpreting the preserved switch at the junction of the Pomeroy and Newark Rail trail and James F. Hall Trail.
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Cyclist veering west onto the James F. Hall Trail at the southern terminus.
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Another view of the pocket park that straddles the two forks of the trail at its junction with the James F. Hall Trail.
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The trail forks into two spurs at its southern terminus at the James F. hall Trail.
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Looking north toward Wyoming Road.
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These young women were enjoying the trail with their yellow lab puppy.
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Typical trail landscape in east Newark.
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Another marker sign in Newark.
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Looking north from the Delaware Ave. crossing. As you can see, this portion of the trail passes through a well-landscaped 'greenway.'
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The trail runs immediately east of the DART busway between Main Street and Delaware Ave.
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Old-style marker sign at the crossing at East Main Street next to the Newark Shopping Center.
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The old train station near the trail's crossing of East Main Street has been restored and is currently occupied by a ski shop and other retail outlets.
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Mini-plaza in Olan Thomas Park.
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Sign warning users of the 'S' curve immediately northwest of the Paper Mill Road/Cleveland Ave. intersection.
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Cool, shaded trail on the north side of town.
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Sign pointing down branch path to Kershaw Park.
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Cyclists heading south toward town from the College Ave. crossing.
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View of the University of Delaware's Laird Campus from the end of the spur path that diverges from the trail north of College Ave.
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Looking down the spur path to the trail from Laird Campus. The beach volleyball courts are to the left, and tennis courts to the right.
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Approaching the junction of the trail and Laird Campus spur path from the north.
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In addition to the lights and kiosks, the trail also features useful direction signage. This one indicates that the spur path to Laird Campus is coming up on the right.
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Freshly constructed portion of the trail just south of White Clay Creek State Park, taken September 2012.
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Looking south on the trail from Creek Road. Landscaping and surface work were still being carried out on this section. Taken September 2012.
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Another remnant of an old overpass that once carried the Pomeroy Railroad across Creek Road north of Newark.
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Abuttments to a lolng-dismantled railroad overpass can still be seen off the trail at Creek Road near White Clay Creek State Park.
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One of two bridges on the trail between the spur to Laird Campus and Creek Road. They cross drainage swales.
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Young people aren't the only ones who enjoy the trail, as this couple demonstrated.
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Two more University of Delaware students, enjoying a daytime hike just north of the fork to Laird Campus.
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University of Delaware students enjoying the trail on their way back to campus after playing a game of tennis at Kershaw Park.
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Lush woodlands take over the surrounding environment on the trail north of College Ave.
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Cozy-looking bungalows can be seen off the trail at the College Ave. crossing.
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Entering the woods northwest of College Ave.
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Passing another apartment complex (steps are being built to provide trail access) near College Ave.
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The retro-flavored lighting that lines the portions of the trail in the city of Newark provide charm and character during the day and make it safe for use at night.
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The tennis courts at Kershaw Park, a recreation facility off the trail on the north end of town. Taken September 2012.
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Cyclist on the trail near the College Ave. crossing.
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Another view of the substation on the north end of town. Taken September 2012.
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This substation can be seen off the trail northwest of the Cleveland Ave./Paper Mill Road intersection.
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Interpretive plaque at Olan Thomas Park providing background on Newark's industrial past and the role that the rail line played in it.
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Sign at the Olan Thomas pocket park off Paper Mill Road and Cleveland Ave. explaining the history of the trail's funding and development.
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After crossing the difficult and dangerous intersection at Cleveland Ave, and Paper Mill Road, the trail veers in a more northwesterly direction, passing through this pocket park.
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Looking south from the Celveland Ave. and Paper Mill Road intersection toward the railroad underpass and downtown Newark.
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View south from the New Street intersection. The trail and the nicely landscaped strips of land on each side forms a greenway that is far more aesthetically pleasing than a streak of undeveloped, overgrown space.
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Old-style sign marking the crossing of the trail and New Street, on the northwest corner of the Newark Shopping Center.
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Better view of the kiosk and mini-pavilion at the corner of East Main Street and Poneroy Ave. The bike rack makes it easier to use the trail to access the Newark Shopping Center and other nearby businesses.
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Looking south from the East Main Street crossing. The trail closely parallels the DART busway from here to the transfer station.
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One of several busy crossings on the newly completed southern portion of the trail. This is the crossing at Delaware Ave. in Newark. Notice the signs marking the trail, which are crafted to resemble old railroad mileposts and whistle stop signs.
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This kiosk and mini-pavilion at the corner of East Main Street and Pomeroy Lane is a great place to relax. It's also adjacent to the Newark Shopping Center, whose parking lot is an ideal point to access the trail.
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The trail is highly popular among students from the nearby University of Delaware, two of whom posed for this pic taken on the section that closely parallels Creek Road north of Newark. Taken May 2012.
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Another pic of the trail bridge, taken from nearby Creek Road
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Another view of the bridge
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The bridge passes directly over two abuttments left over from an old railroad trestle
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Northern approach to the state-of-the-art trail bridge over White Clay Creek, located near current southern terminus (but not for long, the trail is being extended south into Newark and should be finished by mid-2012) of the trail on Creek Road.
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More wetland pics, taken about halfway between Hopkins and Creek roads.
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View through the trees of remnants of a bridge from the long-abandoned railroad, with the newer trail birdge behind it
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If you look closely, you can see that this modern trail bridge was built atop concrete abuttments left over from an older railroad bridge
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This interpretive plaque gives the history of the railroad, which once ran from Newark north to Pomeroy, PA, located near Coatesville and Downingtown in Chester County.
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These waterfalls are one of many picturesque sites along the trail
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Two young women enjoying the trail in a warm, spring day in May 2012.
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The completed, northern portion of the trail passes through the woodlands of White Clay Creek State Park. Taken May 2012.
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Another view of the lily-choked pond
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Even after more than 7 decades of abandonment, the causeways that carried the railroad the railroad through the wetlands near White Clay Creek are remarkably still intact. This angler is fishing in a pond off of one of these causeways.
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Since it was abandoned over 70 years ago, little remains of the original railroad. This rock cut, now covered by greenery, is one of the few surviving remnants from that era.
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Forests of northwest Delaware, taken along Pomeroy Trail in White Clay Creek State Park, taken Maqy 2012
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Heading through the lush forests of northwest Delaware
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Heading south through the forest in White Clay Creek State Park, taken near Hopkins Road, May 2012
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Northern terminus at Hopkins Road in White Clay Creek State Park, taken on a warm spring day, May 2012
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