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.
Join us for a fun-filled morning at the GAP-Westmoreland Yough Trail – on Labor Day-West Newton Trail Head
This event is sponsored and supported by various area merchants. This event is NOT A RACE! Participants walk or bike ride at their own pace, to checkpoints throughout the course where they pick up a playing card. At the end of the event, each poker hand is tallied and the person with the best hand in each category receives a prize. Raffle prizes will be available after 10:00 AM. At 11:00 AM the winners of the best hands in all events will be announced along with the winner of the bike and the 50/50 drawing.
Event takes place on the Great Allegheny Passage
Bike - 12 miles level
Bike - 20 miles endurance
Walk/Jog/Wheelchair optional - 4 miles
8:00 AM - Packet Pick-Up & Race Day Registration
8:30 AM - Event Start
RIDE RAIN OR SHINE.
The WYTC would like to acknowledge and thank the Over The Hill Gang and all volunteers for their support.
Register by Aug 16th to receive a Free T-Shirt on event day!
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!
WHY: PROVIDE VALUE-ADDED PRICING TO CUSTOMERS/TRAIL USERS/VISITORS
DETAILS: VENDORS WANTED TO SELL HOUSEHOLD, GARAGE, ARTS, CRAFTS, ANTIQUES AND OTHER ITEMS.
Non-Members: $35 and this INCLUDES CURRENT YEAR TRAIL MEMBERSHIP. (You save $20!)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
As of January, our web site visitors have been from the U.S., Brazil, China, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Kenya, Peru, Japan, Poland, the Philippines and Romania.
Email us your pictures and story along the GAP-Westmoreland County section.
We love hearing from Trail users! We are happy to post pictures and a brief description of your excursion. Please feel free to give us your first name (optional) and beginning and ending destinations. We will post the information on our web site
Contact: Donna Morrison, Web Administrator