South Mountain Trolley Greenway
Would you like to have a trail between Mechanicsburg and Dillsburg? Eight miles of right-of-way exist between these two towns and a rail trail could lead to future growth and prosperity just as it has in many other "Bike-Friendly" towns like York, State College, Franklin and Philadelphia. A feasibility study to help determine if a walk/bike trail can be built can become a reality with your support.
Completed in 1872, the Mechanicsburg & Dillsburg Railroad (alsoknown as the Dillsburg Branch of the Cumberland Valley Railroad) extended eight miles and connected the vital rail network at Harrisburg with the ore fields of South Mountain which surrounds Dillsburg. Passenger service to both communities later helped both Mechanicsburg and Dillsburg to prosper and the annual Granger's Picnic at Williams Grove attracted tens of thousands of train passengers each year during the one-week event.
In the early 20th Century the branch incorporated into the larger Pennsylvania Railroad system and was electrified in 1906. Trolley service between the towns begain and trolleys became a common sight across the farmlands of Monroe and Carroll Townships.
As the automobile grew in popularity here and across America replacing railroads for moving people railroads here faded into history and by the 1970s all trains had ceased running on the line. Finally, the tracks were removed by 1980.
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