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W311 - New Trail on Railway bed
January 26, 2017
4:26 pm
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The W311 when you get to Pakenham is routed off the railway bed to the road and Stone bridge to cross the River
Are there plans to use the bridge the railway track used to use to cross the river?
Now there are no trespassing signs up

January 27, 2017
9:33 am
Dunrobin, ON
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Good question... we ALL love crossing the 5-span on our sleds so much! 😉

Here's my understanding... The new W311 trail on the rail bed is opened to snowmobile traffic on a trial basis this year after much negotiation amongst the clubs, CP Rail, Lanark County (the new land owner) and of course insurance companies and lawyers. If all goes well and people respect the property, follow the rules, etc., the hope and intent is for this to become a fully established trail. This is one reason that it is VERY important that our riders respect the No Trespassing signs and the land owners and residents adjacent to the rail lines.

If the trial period is successful the clubs will be in a position to address the bridges along the W311 and into the BEAST, and begin actions to get them retrofitted for snowmobile use. They will need to be decked and railings installed (or deemed fit for snowmobile and groomer usage). Talks are ongoing right now with Lanark County, so we hope all goes well!

Funding will be the next step. Decking the bridges will not be a cheap proposition so we will need to make sure we can get dollars needed to get them all done. My understanding is that the one Almonte, believe it or not, might be one of the most cost effective ones to get done because of current work underway right now for the generating station.

So to make a long answer shorter... yes. The goal is to be able to use the rail bridges in the future, and reroutes such as the one through Pakenham made unnecessary (although sledders will still have access to sponsors like The Centennial Restaurant and Brydges Bar and Grill). The W311 is great but this will be icing on the cake!

Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to get this trial trail approved and opened up. And most of all, thanks to our land owners for continuing to support us and the community!

More info here... http://m.insideottawavalley.co.....l-corridor

January 29, 2017
12:57 am
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Don't get too excited over using the old railway bed! According to one Mississippi Mills councilor the MM' Mayor and a couple of the back to the earth councilors who are aligned with him are dead set against any motorized use for the railway bed and want it used only for walking and ski trails. Apparently they have been have been holding clandestine meetings with other Mayors in an attempt to get their way - even before the public consultations on the rail bed future have been held.

February 14, 2017
10:17 am
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There is a meeting at the old town hall this Thursday in Almonte regarding the use of the rail line.

We are asking all snowmobilers and business owners that benefit from the snowmobile trail to come out and support us for the Rail Line through Pakenham, Almonte, Arnprior and Carleton Place for our area.

The meeting is at 6:30 PM but please come for 6 pm. We need your support for a tail for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.


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