CUMBERLAND VALLEY RAIL TRAIL

Once the route of the Cumberland Valley Railroad (charted in 1831), the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail (CVRT) was completed between Shippensburg and Newville in 2006. In 2017 the trail was extended across a new bridge at Fogelsanger Road and through campus to a new trailhead at Fort Street. The extension of the trail into the heart of Shippensburg presents a wonderful opportunity for the university in terms of attracting and retaining students, enhancing potential classroom, internship, research, and service learning activities, and better forging stronger connections to the surrounding community.

Campus Coordinating Committee

Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton (VP for External and Community Relations) and Dr. Allen Dietrich-Ward (Associate Professor of History) are chairing a campus-wide CVRT Coordinating Committee.  In addition to thinking “big thoughts” about future uses for the trail, the group will form action-oriented working groups to handle pragmatic issues that are bound to arise with a jointly-managed amenity as well as the practical matters associated with integrating the trail into academic and student service activities.

Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council (CVRTC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, charitable corporation that is working to develop the 11-mile Cumberland Valley Trail, from Shippensburg to Newville, PA. Learn more about the trail and upcoming events on the CVRTC website. Or contact Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward to learn how you can get involved on campus!

Shippensburg Station

In October 2017, a 1956 Penn Central boxcar was moved just outside downtown Shippensburg at the CVRT’s Fort Street Trailhead. This location, known as “Shippensburg Station” will serve as a railroad museum and be open year-round for self-guided tours. Click here to watch the boxcar move from start to finish!

2017 Construction on the CVRT at SU

Future plans for “Shippensburg Station” include a railroad museum!

Affiliated Scientists:

Allen Dieterich-Ward, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of History and Philosophy

B.A. from College of Wooster
M.A. from University of Michigan
Ph.D. from University of Michigan

I am a specialist in environmental, economic and urban history with a research focus on metropolitan Pittsburgh. My book, Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. I am currently Vice President of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, co-editor of the Pennsylvania History series and a steering committee member for the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project.