The Pennsylvania Railroad was once known as the "Standard Railroad of the World." The Indiana portion of the corridor, extending from Richmond, Indiana, through Indianapolis to the eastern border of Illinois. It was over this railroad, on April 30, 1865 that the body of Abraham Lincoln was transported back to Springfield, Illinois, stopping many times along the way for public viewing and mourning. After numerous acquisitions and name changes, the Pennsylvania Railroad began operating the line in 1921. The track was later abandoned and its tracks pulled up in 1982.
Greenway DescriptionThe Pennsy Rail-Trail is a proposed multi-use trail that will be a resource to both the transportation and recreation systems in Indianapolis, much like the Monon Trail. The proposed Pennsy trail extends south of Washington Street for approximately 6.2 miles, between Ritter Avenue to the west and German Church Road to the east, with an option to connect to the Pleasant Run Greenway using Ritter Avenue.
A 1.2 mile portion, between Arlington Avenue and Shortridge Rd., was opened in the fall of 2009. Parking is available at Irvington Plaza, midway along the trail. (6243 Washington Street; park near the Dairy Queen just south of the Marsh grocery store.)
Eventually the Pennsy Trail will connect to the Town of Cumberland, just east of the Marion County line. Other future connections include Pleasant Run Greenway, Ellenberger Park, Grassy Creek Greenway, Buck Creek Greenway, Washington Square Mall, and downtown Indianapolis.
Pennsy Map [PDF]Rules of theTrail