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Neighbors: P&W Railroad and Water Gardens

Written April 18th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

This sign was at the gate of the Portland & Western’s Milelrsburg yard on April 5.

A chance to work on the railroad? That sounds intriguing. Makes you wish you were a lot younger than you probably are.

I could not help but notice that sign a couple of weeks ago when I stopped by the entrance of the Talking Water Gardens. I wasn’t there for any special reason, just to take a quick look around. Take a look yourself:

The installation has now been finished and open to the public for close to 10 years. It’s a nice place to take a walk and see all kinds of birds and other wildlife.

There’s still litigation concerning the wetlands, about its design and the completely harmless underground leaks. But that need not concern visitors as they wander around the several ponds.

If you walk all the way to the back of the acreage at the north end, you get close to the Millersburg rail yard of the Portland & Western. In recent years a fence was put up there, apparently to keep Water Garden visitors from straying on to the tracks.

The trails are meant for walking. But you can ride them on your bike as well, especially if it’s a bike with wide tires. If you do, please be courteous and stay out of the walkers’ way.

If fact, taking a bike to visit the Water Gardens is not a bad idea. You get some additional exercise on the way there and back, and don’t have to worry about leaving your car unattended in the parking lot. (hh)

From the entrance you can see the main waterfall across the pond.

4 responses to “Neighbors: P&W Railroad and Water Gardens”

  1. Rich Kellum says:

    You get some additional exercise on the way there and back, and don’t have to worry about leaving your car unattended in the parking lot. (hh)
    Which leaves the Inference that leaving your car there is dangerous

  2. Nora Hartman says:

    I’m hoping to get the word out, my family and I on Easter Day found a very nice piece of jewelry on one of the trails at Talking Waters. Would love some help finding and reconnecting this person with the item.


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