Orange Heritage Trailway
|Orange Heritage Trailway|
Orange Heritage Trailway near Chester, New York
|Length||12.2 mi (19.6 km)|
|Location||Orange County, New York|
The Orange Heritage Trailway is a 12.2-mile (19.6 km) rail trail in Orange County, New York, that runs along the roadbed of the Erie Railroad Main Line from Monroe to a point halfway between Goshen and Middletown, New York.
The former Erie Railroad main line turns northwest at a junction and tracks terminate at the defunct Nepera Chemical plant in the village of Harriman. The undeveloped roadbed continues approximately two miles through Harriman and Monroe. The paved begins in Airplane Park in Monroe.
The Erie built a freight bypass that continues north at the junction in Harriman, used by Metro-North's Port Jervis line and freight operator Norfolk Southern Railway. This longer route was the preferred route when local opposition to Metro-North caused the historically important Erie Main Line to be abandoned from Harriman to Middletown.
In 1999, Paul Harnisch, an assistant district attorney for Orange County, was charged with murder for striking two skaters, killing one of them, while driving illegally on the trail in the Chester area. Harnish drove for a half-mile with the dead skater on the hood of his vehicle. He was found not guilty for reason of insanity and remanded to the custody of a psychiatric hospital for a period of years.
- "Orange Heritage Trail gets National Recreation Trail designation". The Chronicle. 2007-06-08.
- "Prosecutor Is Charged In Death of a Skater". Nytimes.com. 1999-07-01. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Sigler lawyer battles tirelessly to win cases". Ostrer.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Prosecutor faces murder charge". News.google.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- Harnisch sent off to psych hospital
- Harnisch going to L.I.