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A huge thanks to the terrific crew of volunteers yesterday! All 52 railing posts and50 pieces of curbing were installed at the pony truss bridge spanning the Ware River between New Braintree and Hardwick! That’s the first and second step to getting the railing completed. Everyone hopped right on projects, hauling and rearranging the posts, […]

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Tracking along…

Saturday afternoon was a beautiful sunny time along the rail trail and Ware River. Overnight it was cold so there weren’t any new tracks to find. But the group still identified tracks of skunk, fox, and mink. After debating one set of tracks that crossed over the river, we went round the bend and caught […]

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Rail Trail Planning

EQLT will be hosting a Friends of the Mass Central Rail Trail Information Night occurring on Thursday, March 12, 7-8PM at the East Quabbin Land Trust Office at 120 Ridge Rd Hardwick MA.   This information night is regarding the Hardwick- New Braintree portion of the trail. We are looking for interest from the community to […]

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We welcomed in 2015 with a morning hike along the New Braintree and Hardwick section of the Mass Central Rail Trail this morning.  About thirty people and half a dozen dogs explored the area under a beautiful sun and chilly breeze. Along the way we talked about the rail trail, the origins of the Mass […]

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  We’re pleased to announce that the decking on the pony truss is down, bridging the gap over the Ware River between New Braintree and Wheelwright!! All 160 feet of it. Many thanks to the crew that helped with this last push, including Mark, Denis, Ric, Wyatt, Dane, Jen, Becky, Lucinda, Josh, Ian, Renee, and […]

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Beam bridge arrived today

  Repairs to the historic pony truss on the Mass Central Rail Trail continued today, with more scheduled for tomorrow. The new beam bridge was delivered this afternoon, and completes the span back to the rail bed. Before the beam bridge could be installed two of the bent cap timbers needed to be replaced. The […]

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After a week of rain the Ware River was full! At least two kayakers paddled their way through the rapids near the Main Street bridge over the river in Gilbertville while a group of twenty officially opened the Fitness Trail. Shelby, EQLT’s Americorps Service Learning Coordinator, welcomed participants to the site. Creation of the fitness […]

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5-mile road and trail race

Today we hosted the third annual Station Loop Ramble 5 mile road and trail race in New Braintree. The fog burned off as the runners started to arrive. By race time it was getting warm and extra layers were coming off. The runners took off at 10am from the former New Braintree train station site, […]

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  Today volunteers worked at the Gilbertville Fitness Trail – painting the gate, clearing brush at the entrance and along the trail, and making the trail more inviting. The ten fitness stations were installed along the former railroad bed over the summer. The stations include various stretches and strength exercises, often two exercises at each […]

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  The Wheelwright end of the Mass Central Rail Trail was the focus of the trail clearing crew yesterday afternoon.  Because that end has fewer large trees and two sections of track were laid to the approach of the mill, the small trees and brush had taken full advantage of the sunlight. Thanks to Angelica, […]

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