A cinematic trail


Remember the scene from the 1986 film Stand By Me, in which four boys scramble to get off a river-spanning rail trestle as a freight train bears down on them?
Well, in the not-too-distant future, bicyclists and hikers will be able to ride or walk across that same trestle in northeastern California without having to worry about trains. It will be part of the Great Shasta Rail Trail.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announced earlier this month that the Shasta Land Trust has purchased the right-of-way along an 80-mile section of the McCloud Railway between the towns of McCloud in Siskiyou County and Burney in Shasta County.
The previous owner of the right-of-way, 4 Rails Inc., abandoned use of that section of track in 2005. The line previously had been used to haul timber.
Since 2009, said the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Shasta Land Trust “has been working with a coalition of local partners, Save Burney Falls, McCloud Local First Network, the Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership and the McCloud Trail Association, with the express intention of converting the corridor into a public recreation trail.”
The film, set in Oregon in 1959, is directed by Rob Reiner and based on a Stephen King novella, The Body. With a great soundtrack of period rock ‘n’ roll hits, it tells the story of four boys who set out on Labor Day weekend to find the body of a missing kid they had read about in the newspaper.
Check out the trestle scene below.

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2 responses to “A cinematic trail

  1. What a beautiful addition to the Rail Trail network. I am beginning to believe the attitude about trail riding is making the turn and we will be about to commute safely and recreate will peace of mind.

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