Jitney and Samson to Albion Trails

Pictou, Nova Scotia

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These routes are high quality, urban, level, walking trails, taking advantage of particularly attractive sections of an abandoned rail line. They demonstrate the possibilities of using these public rights-of-way to permit low-risk alternative transportation access into urban cores. Jitney Trail: This path follows the route of the former Pictou Short Line from the centre of the Pictou waterfront to Browns Point, the landing site of the original Scottish settlers in 1773. The Pictou “Jitney” was a noisy diesel electric train that once carried mail, passengers, and light freight between Pictou and Oxford Junction. Samson – Albion Trail: This trail follows the route of the very first Iron Railway in Canada. In 1836, the General Mining Association began construction in order to haul coal from the Albion Mines to harbour at Dunbar Point for loading, a distance of 6 mi (3.75 mi). A trio of steam locomotives was imported from England and the line opened in 1839. It closed in 1867. You can see one of the massive engines, the Samson, on display in the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton. During construction of the trail, some of the oldest railway artifacts in Canada were discovered. Musket balls, railway ties, and shillings from 1802 and 1820 were discovered. If you want to connect the two trails, consider the Jigs and Reels Water Taxi.

Jitney and Samson to Albion Trails Professional Review and Guide

"These routes are high quality, urban, level, walking trails, taking advantage of particularly attractive sections of an abandoned rail line. They demonstrate the possibilities of using these public rights-of-way to permit low-risk alternative transportation access into urban cores. Jitney Trail: This path follows the route of the former Pictou Short Line from the centre of the Pictou waterfront to Browns Point, the landing site of the original Scottish settlers in 1773. The Pictou “Jitney” was a noisy diesel electric train that once carried mail, passengers, and light freight between Pictou and Oxford Junction.

Samson – Albion Trail: This trail follows the route of the very first Iron Railway in Canada. In 1836, the General Mining Association began construction in order to haul coal from the Albion Mines to harbour at Dunbar Point for loading, a distance of 6 mi (3.75 mi). A trio of steam locomotives was imported from England and the line opened in 1839. It closed in 1867. You can see one of the massive engines, the Samson, on display in the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton. During construction of the trail, some of the oldest railway artifacts in Canada were discovered. Musket balls, railway ties, and shillings from 1802 and 1820 were discovered. If you want to connect the two trails, consider the Jigs and Reels Water Taxi."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Pictou
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Maps: New Glasgow 11 E/10
Driving Directions: Directions to Jitney and Samson to Albion Trails

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May 2018