This trail was the near eastern end of Conrail's 79mph freight main (and an occasional Amtrak National Limited detour route) through 1979. The Columbus-Dayton-Richmond single main was the PRR's "passenger line", and this double-track from Columbus through Bradford and back to Richmond was its "freight main." This line also headed straight west beyond Bradford to Chicago. I noted the following significant features relative to the trail's railroad heritage (The trail brochure doesn't even MENTION the railroad... Nor does the town trailhead! Egad!) For about two miles starting at the Hilliard Main Street trailhead, there are small, round metal signs posted in both directions, spaced 0.2mi. apart. On the signs, "PCC 550 STL" to "PCC 650 STL." The pre-PRR railroad heritage is obvious, as the "Panhandle" lines west of Pittsburgh "started out" as the Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railway, but what is the purpose of these signs? Norwich Station, at Trail MP1.3, sports a beautiful Conrail N9 caboose, #18238, built in June of 1942, and a depot-like rest and soda machine facility, with a separate "station platform" rest structure. There is a little "tree museum" in a tiny board-and-batten, early Panhandle-style "interlocking tower"-like structure at Bradley Station parking area, at MP1.8. The real treat for ME, though, was the fully intact (save for wires) string of 2-arm telegraph poles on the south side of the trail, and corresponding line of 2-arm (one short arm above, one long arm below) cab signal poles on the north side of the right-of-way, between trail MP3.3 and 4 (A few more beyond MP4). Cab signals permit a continuous readout of signal conditions on a panel inside the engine that mimics the wayside signals. This still current modern mode of operation was pioneered by the Pennsylvania Railroad 60 years ago, and NS still uses the system on its still intact network ex-Pennsy lines east of here, but the wires are gone now... all satellite or underground cable. Sadly, the trail ends abruptly at MP6.1, just short of Plain City, at Cemetery Pike. (No wonder I couldn't find the trail in Plain City a year ago!) The campaign to extend the trail to Plain City has been a long, drawn-out one. This is a nice, smooth, flat, asphalt trail, well-used by bikers, hikers, runners, and roller bladers. It's lucky they saved it, because the residential encroachment on the east end is really serious... Lots of new and under-construction housing being built in this Columbus-west suburb.