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Summer 1997
Summer 1997

The Five Star Trail - A Critical Link
Al Hopfer, President of the Youngwood Pennsylvania Historical and Railroad Museum

"Almost in Sight of our Station"

A state grant of $50,000 was also awarded to this trail which will help continue its rapid progress, according to Bob McKinley, Director of the Regional Trail Corporation.

Excitement related to the linkage of the "Highlander" steam passenger train is growing in the New Stanton and Youngwood areas due to potential interaction between the Yough River Trail and the 5 Star Trail. Although a number of substantial obstacles currently exist which make this opprotunity a future possibility, the progress that has been made so far dictates that these problems could be remedied in future years. As the 5 Star progresses, Youngwood's Railroad Museum Station and Scottdale's proposed train station would become attractions and amenity links along the rail/trail system.

The Five Star Trail Association (affiliated with the Regional Trail Corporation), is completing a 7.5 mile trail beginning at Lynch Field in Greensburg through South Greensburg, Youngwood and New Stanton. An unusual opprotunity exists for the Trail developers, as the trail will parallel the County owned railway trackage which the "Highlander" Steam Passenger Train operates on, permitting Rail/Trail interaction between hikers/bikers and passengers.

1997 construction has started; central portions in Greensburg and South Greensburg are really moving ahead, with expected completion in mid-summer, and in 1998 linkage between Lynch Field and Westmoreland Community College. The trail will be an alternate transportation route, allowing students to bike to classes from Greensburg only a 1/2 hour ride!

The name "5 Star" is derived from the communities of Greensburg, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Hempfield Township and Youngwood. Volunteers are needed, call 724-830-3959.

The web site address for the Five Star Trail is:


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