The charter of the boston and providence was granted june 22nd, 1831, and that of the boston and worcester, june 23rd, 1831, with several others about the same time, which were never used. Boston and worcester street railway post by aline1969 mon jun 23, 2008 12. The boston and worcester railroad corporation was incorporated in massachusetts in 1831. Guild, william, map detailing miles 94100 west of boston on the boston and worcester railroad and the western railroad, in a chart and description of the boston and worcester and western railroads boston. Transportation worcester historical museum worcester. Boston and maine railroad railroad history and classic. Established in 1848 by an act of the great and general court of massachusetts, the boston public library bpl was the first large free municipal library in the united states. These three, the lowell, the providence, and the worcester, were the pioneer railroads of.
Railroad extra history of the railways of massachusetts. Boston and albany railroad map collection finding aid. Starting in october 2019, classic trains editors will celebrate the heritage, history, and lore of famed and infamous railroads. The line from the boston and providence railroad s branch at dedham, massachusetts southwest to walpole opened on april 23, 1849, and an extension to the providence and worcester railroad in blackstone opened may 16. The boston and albany railroad line started as the boston and worcester in 1932. The main line, built by the boston and worcester street railway, was an interurban streetcar line partly on the old boston and worcester turnpike now route 9 and partly on private rightofway. We buy everything from single volumes to estates, condition providing. Author see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Prior to 1873 it was known as the boston, hartford and erie railroad, which had been formed by several smaller railroads dating back to 1846. A fearful catastrophe occurred on the boston railroad this forenoon, two miles east of this city, caused by the breaking of an axle. The railroad connects from gardner in central massachusetts, south through its namesake cities of worcester and providence, rhode island, and west from rhode island through connecticut and into new york city. Shows beginning of survey north of worcester and the survey for part of the winchendon branch of the fitchburg railroad. The boston and worcester railroad was chartered june 23, 1831 and.
Massachusetts narrow the results by county barnstable berkshire bristol dukes essex franklin hampden hampshire middlesex nantucket norfolk. Beginning date 1832 ending date 1867 former title report of the directors of the boston and worcester railroad corporation to the stockholders together with the report of john m. Portland and rochester, and worcester and nashua railroads, most of which themselves were. The boston and worcester railroad was chartered june 23, 1831 and construction began in august 1832. The state the investor and the railroad the boston and albany 18251867 by stephen salsbury and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Business leaders in nearby norwich also saw an opportunity to share in the economic boom associated with railroads and organized a stock company to construct a railroad linking long island sound with boston via norwich and worcester. By 1835 there were three railroad systems opened in massachusetts. From 1778, when the townspeople of west needham petitioned for a separate meetinghouse, to the arrival of the boston and worcester railroad in 1834 and the successful secession from needham on april 6, 1881, the people of wellesley have taken an active role in their townas religious, social, economic, and educational development. Price new from used from paperback, january 1, 1867 please retry. Our society has published several books about the boston and maine railroad. There are many books on railroad history available to you, but none can give. The providence and worcester railroad reporting mark pw nasdaq. There are 121 volumes and several boxes of unbound materials dating from 1831 to 1882.
Includes a brief discussion of the old colony railroads shops at south braintree, ma. Its opening jumpstarted worcesters rapid transition from agriculture to industry, and introduced the irish to town, the first of many immigrant groups that were to come in search of work and new homes. Books about new england railroad history bedford depot park. Boston and worcester railroad corporation records, 1831. The norwich and worcester was chartered in 1833, and opened april 1st, 1840. At the boston end, the earliest predecessor was the norfolk county railroad, chartered april 24, 1847. May 05, 2011 boston and worcester station, beach street, 1852 bpl. These three, the lowell, the providence, and the worcester, were the pioneer railroads of the state. In the 1870s, the railroad sponsored similar publications called route books and panoramic guides. Paints a great picture of the social scene in the city from their point of. The central massachusetts railroad was a railroad in massachusetts. Boston and worcester street railway post by aline1969. Boston and worcester station, beach street, 1852 bpl. Wellesley, the boston suburb known to many because of its noteworthy college of the same name, developed from a hamlet into an independent community that celebrates both its past and its future.
Report of the directors of the boston and worcester railroad, presented at the annual meeting of the stockholders. Mbta improving boston to worcester service trains magazine. The urgency of building the three lines simultaneously was primarily due to the immediate success of the blackstone river canal as. Guidebook to the boston and worcester and western railroads. Nov 16, 2019 construction at norwich began november 18, 1835. County and township map showing drainage, cities and towns, distances between post stations, post routes, and the railroad network with named lines. Here, in 1859, on this railroad line, travelers could head out from boston to albany to niagara falls.
Named after worcester, england, as of the 2010 census the citys population was 181,045, making it the secondmost populous city in new england after boston. It is now part of amtraks highspeed northeast corridor. Railroad maps, 1828 to 1900, available online, massachusetts. Since the berkshires made construction of a canal infeasible, boston turned to the emerging railroad technology for a share of the freight to and from the midwestern united states. The eastern terminus of the line was at north cambridge junction where it split off from the middlesex central branch of the boston and lowell railroad in north cambridge and through which it had access to north station in boston. New york, providence and boston railroad wikipedia. Annual report of the directors of the boston and worcester. Established in 1846, the pennsylvania railroad by 1900 was one of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world, and the largest railroad in revenue and traffic for nearly 50 years. The railroad system in and around framingham ca 1910. The new york, new haven and hartford railroad reporting mark nh, commonly known as the new haven, was a railroad that operated in the new england region of the united states from 1872 to 1968, dominating the regions rail traffic for the first half of the 20th century. Boston albany railroad abebooks shop for books, art. Passenger service is still provided on the line by amtrak, as part of their lake shore limited service, and.
Welcome to one of americas oldest and largest used book shops. It merged with the western railroad corporation in 1867 to form. Volume 36 issue 4 braintree on the new haven railroad detailed history of the railroad in braintree, ma, an important junction of several branches south of boston. Long after the line was converted to buses, boston and worcester lines took over operations, and sold the franchises to various other bus companies. Compiled from locations filed in 18378 at the office of the county clerk, worcester, mass. The ten wheelers, the mastodons, the pacifics, and the other classes of locomotive are seen here as they pull passengers and freight throughout the northeast. The corporation was a primary eastwest transit through the commonwealth, with branches connecting towns including athol, ware, north adams, and. Robert allison brings boston history alive, from the puritan theocracy of the seventeenth century to the big dig of the twentyfirst. Deed and location lines of the western railroad in worcester county, mass. Within a year, massachusetts interests had secured approval for the necessary rail link from worcester to boston. The prrs massive new york improvements program, completed in 1910, consisted of the hudson and east river tunnels.
Trains magazine offers railroad news, railroad industry insight, commentary on todays freight railroads, passenger service amtrak, locomotive technology, railroad preservation and history, railfan opportunities tourist railroads, fan trips, and great railroad photography. Within a year, massachusetts interests had secured approval for the. The eastern railroad was a railroad connecting boston, massachusetts to portland, maine. Further tickets were available for places as farflung as memphis and new. After 1900, the old colony railroad lines came under the control of the new york, new haven and hartford system. Much of the railroads main line in massachusetts is used by the. The boston and albany railroad was formed by a series of mergers beginning in 1867 that subsumed both the first commercial line in new england, the boston and worcester railroad chartered 1831 and the western railroad 1833, the most important line in western massachusetts. Massachusetts narrow the results by county barnstable berkshire bristol dukes essex franklin hampden hampshire middlesex nantucket norfolk plymouth suffolk worcester. Worcester is approximately 40 miles 64 km west of boston, 50 miles 80 km east of. Connecticuts early railroad history had at its core the goal of linking new york city and boston through a hybrid system of steamboats and trains. In 1867, the boston and worcester railroad changed its name to boston and albany railroad as service was extended all the way to albany, ny. Until 2004 and the publication of a short history of boston, there was no good short history of the city of boston, not in print anyway. Berliner, iiis courtesy page for the boston chapter.
These, like similar guidebooks published for other rail routes well into the twentieth century, devoted most of their attention to the history and geography of the passing landscape. Stan hits most of the towns between here and the hoosac tunnel complete with rare photos of the complete area including the electric engines that plied the rails helping steam engines through. The new york, providence and boston railroad, normally called the stonington line, was a major part of the new york, new haven and hartford railroad between new london, connecticut and providence, rhode island. The bulk of the records date from 1831 until the 1867 merger. Fascinating history of boston s railroad stations and terminals. It merged with the western railroad corporation in 1867 to form the boston and albany railroad co. The boston chapter, the local chapter of the national railway historical society, primarily draws from eastern massachusetts. Robert allison brings boston history alive, from the puritan theocracy of the seventeenth. Manchesters railroads 1965 1990 by rick kfoury 2019. Everything, audio recordings, booksprinted material, films, videos. Location of the boston and worchester railroad, 1835. The boston and albany railroad was formed between 1867 and 1870 from the merger of three existing lines, the boston and worcester chartered 1831, the western 1833, and the castleton and west stockbridge 1834. Passenger service is still provided on the line by amtrak, as part of their lake shore limited service, and by the. Sep 02, 2009 in 1867, the boston and worcester railroad changed its name to boston and albany railroad as service was extended all the way to albany, ny.
Families with kids of all ages can enjoy visits to the boston childrens museum, the museum of fine arts, or the boston science museum providing hours of fun and education. The new york and new england railroad was a major railroad connecting southern new york state with hartford, connecticut, providence, rhode island, and boston, massachusetts. Via connecting lines, destinations to cleveland, cincinnati, louisville or toronto were options. New york, new haven and hartford railroad wikipedia. Boston and maine railroad new york, new haven and hartford railroad co. Boston and worcester railroad corporation records, 18311882. Lines in east boston and of the building of stations in framingham, worcester. Lessee as of 1956 0429, from employee timetable no.
Railroad books, outdoor photography services, photography. Boston and albany railroad wikimili, the free encyclopedia. The boston and albany railroad was formed by a series of mergers beginning in 1867 that subsumed both the first commercial line in new england, the boston and worcester railroad chartered 1831 and the western railroad 1833, the. From 1778, when the townspeople of west needham petitioned for a separate meetinghouse, to the arrival of the boston and worcester railroad in 1834 and the successful. Ive done a little more research on this linein ronald dale karrs the rail lines of southern new england, which, if i got it right, is referred to as the monadnock. It might be worth taking advantage of the opportunity to browse for boston history books there. Fascinating history of bostons railroad stations and terminals. The line approached boston through brookline, and cut across the back bay on a trestle bridge, intersecting the boston and providence line at one point the present site of the back bay train station. The railroad stations of worcester the history of the various stations which served worcester, ma, culminating in union station.1055 1360 1011 296 13 1434 1094 1132 703 758 1412 99 470 832 592 709 138 704 113 668 1233 1433 220 456 768 526 240 917 317 1130 89 1336 1147 961 1270 611 1349 464 1071 215 191 893