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111 Collinsburg Rd., West Newton, Pennsylvania, 15089 United States

(724) 872-5586

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter

The Westmoreland County Section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).

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Thanks for stopping by!

Picture by Victor Pilipovich

Rail Trail Hall of Fame

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2019-08-07

 In 2007, the RTC began recognizing exemplary rail-trails around the country through its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. They selected inductees on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance, community connections and geographic distribution.
 

The #GreatAlleghenyPassage had the honor to become the very first inductee into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Because of this recognition, people from every state and all over the world come to ride the GAP.
 

We are privileged to have the opportunity to use this great amenity anytime we want as it is in our back yard. The trail is almost wholly maintained by volunteers who rely on memberships, fundraisers, and donations.

What a fun-filled annual labor day Poker run!

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Poker Run Winners:

Thanks to all the participants, volunteers, and sponsors for another successful Labor Day Poker Run. Hope to see you all next year.   


For those of you who pre-registered, please call the Visitor’s Center at 724-872-5586 by the end of September to claim your shirt.  After that, any shirts left will be available for exchange or purchase. 


Winners:

Bicycle donated by Floyd Macheska, owner of West Newton Bicycle Shop: Jim Smith


4 mile walk: Nancy Ivan

20 mile ride: Philip Hockens

12 mile ride: Victor Pilipovich

  

50/50: Bill McCabe


Oldest Walker: Patrick Carr

Oldest Biker: Jim Schroeder 


2019 Poker Run Gift Card Winners: 

  

Dillon Craig 

Justin Boehm 

Jake Kneiderd 

Joe Bebar 

Mark Begeman 

Colleen Baum 

Jerry Moschetti 

Jocelyn McCann 

Dan Foust 

Linda Peck 

Captain Hook

Ashley Bennett 

Bruce McGary

Yvonne Bebar 

Mary Bosdosh 

Alyssa Merschat 

Rhonda Begeman 

Steve Marchitelli 

Stephanie Guffey

Russell Sheridan 

Sherry Greco 

Bill Schmidt

Jill Beger 

Stephanie Urchik 

David Aches 

David Bowers 

Jim Schroeder 

Pam Knouse 

Robert Prah 

Katherine Buckle 

Bernice Blasko 

Ginni Schroeder

Neil Sheridan 

Richard Craft 

Mike Reed 

Kelly Barbar

Dale Ritchey

John Knutzman 

Josiah White 

Cody Barbara 

Eileen Moore

Howard Jackson 

Maggie Sheridan 

Conner Alexander 

Do Sable 

Gina Mansfield 

Linda Robinson 

Cindy Shafer 

Bruce Miller

John Lovra


Congratulations to all!

Poker Run Winners

Winner of the Bike from West Newton Bicycle Shop

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Left:  Floyd Macheska, owner of West Newton  Bicycle Shop

Right: Jim Smith

12 Mile Ride

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Victor Pilipovich

20 Mile Ride

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Philip Hockins

4 Mile Walk

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Nancy Ivan

Oldest Walker

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Patrick Carr

Oldest Biker

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Jim Schroeder

Flea Market -‘SALE ON THE TRAIL’ SATURDAY September 14, 2019

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Join us for this first-time event!

EVENT: FLEA MARKET ‘SALE ON THE TRAIL’

WHERE: WEST NEWTON TRAIL HEAD PARKING LOT NEXT TO WEST NEWTON BIKE SHIP AND THE TRAILSIDE RESTAURANT 

WHEN: SATURDAY September 14, 2019 

TIME: 8 AM TO 4 PM


The Rail Car is open during all events!

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 WHY: PROVIDE VALUE-ADDED PRICING TO CUSTOMERS/TRAIL USERS/VISITORS 


DETAILS: VENDORS WANTED TO SELL HOUSEHOLD, GARAGE, ARTS, CRAFTS, ANTIQUES AND OTHER ITEMS.

COST TO PARTICIPATE

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 Non-Members: $35 and this INCLUDES CURRENT YEAR TRAIL MEMBERSHIP. (You save $20!) 


Members: $20 

Contact Information

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Maximum of 30 vendors -make your reservation NOW!!


Proceeds benefit maintenance of the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).


CONTACT: KEITH FRID 412-751-4997 keithfrid@comcast.net 

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2019-07-23 Rail Car history from Richard Craft

Rail Car Nostalgia

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I remember when this railcar sat on a siding at Buddtown for years, decades even. So glad to see that it has been restored and put to good use. Here's what the old train station used to look like before it was torn down. Strange how we let historic buildings decay then spend lots of money later to recreate them.....Notice how the new one is built above the flood plain of the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood.

Rail Car Nostalgia

Mr. Craft pointed out that the railcar sat abandoned for years along the tracks in Buddtown before i

 Mr. Craft pointed out that the railcar sat abandoned for years along the tracks in Buddtown before it was moved to it's current location and restored.

2019 Calendar

 Be sure to check out the 2019 Calendar! 

Coming Soon:

Monthly Meetings

September 16 - 7pm


Events:

September 14 - "Sale on the Trail" (Flea Market)

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Historical Events Along the GAP-WYTC

Read about how the Rostraver Historical Society, Don Bottman and the WYTC OverThe Hill Gang collaborated on a project to commemorate the tragic deaths of 4  high school students killed when a P&LE train locomotive struck their school bus at the intersection of Collinsburg Road and German Street. The plaque was installed by WYTC Over the Hill Gang members Jim Lockschmidt, Jack Zewan, Bob Hand, and Gerry Andre.


Thank you volunteers!

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If you are planning a bike ride this summer, read this.

2019 Amenities Along The GAP-WYTC

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter GPS Coordinates for Trailheads and Gate Entries by P&LE Mile Posts and by GAP Mileposts. 


Also, please note that included is an alphabetical Memorial Bench List by Mileposts- Westmoreland County section of the GAP.


Thanks to Jim Lockschmidt for this  update!

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About Us

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The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter (WYTC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and improving the 10.5 mile Westmoreland County, PA section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). 

  

Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, walking, running or cross-country skiing, you will delight in the beauty of this section of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150 mile-System of biking and hiking trails connecting Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.

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Facts

 The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter (WYTC) of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is busy all year-long. It is used by individuals, families, of all ages who enjoy recreation, camaraderie, improving health, and making improvements to the Trail to benefit all users.
Each year the WYTC organizes activities and events to benefit the community, its members, and visitors
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Read our Newsletter
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Join Us!

Whether you enjoy visiting the GAP at West Newton, occasionally, daily, or weekly, your participation means a lot.  

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Contact Us

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter

111 Collinsburg Rd, West Newton, Pennsylvania 15089, United States

(724) 872-5586

Hours Open. (April - Thanksgiving open ALSO on Sat and Sun 10-3)

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