NCR Trail

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Western Maryland Rail Trail
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C&O Canal – Devils Alley
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NCR Trail

NCR Trail

The WooFDriver and his crew took the WooFPAK on a Midnight Mushing Tour of the NCR Trail, also known as the Torrey C Brown Rail Trail. The Northern Central Railroad was completed in 1858 to provide rail service between Baltimore and Sunbury, PA. When hurricane Agnes came through in 1972 operations came to a stop as bridges were destroyed and tracks were eroded. On November 18, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln used the railway on his trip to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

At the Maryland end of the trail is the town of Ashland. It is said that here you can hear the sounds of iron worker, William Burns hammering away into the night. It was his job to drill holes and set dynamite at the bottom of the furnace. He met his fate when a charge of dynamite did not go off and he went back into the furnace to see why, only to have it go off while he was inside.

www.ashlandhoa.org to read more about Ashland’s history and more stories

www.ncrtrail.org to learn more about this trail

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