MA - Bruce Freedman Rail Trail

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MA - Bruce Freedman Rail Trail

Post by B&MYoshi » Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:51 am

Hello Everybody!

The old NH main from Framingham, MA to Lowell, MA is becoming a bike trail! It is being done in 3 stages, the progressing south from Lowell.

Just a bit of History on the Line: It was originally an NH Line, and came under the control of Conrail. Conrail sold a small portion to the Bay Colony sometime in the 90's and abandoned the rest. Now, it is entirely abandoned

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Post by RussNelson » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:41 am

They've been working on turning this into a trail for TWENTY years. Portions still have the rails. Too bad they can't leave them in place, and turn it into a railbike concession. Now THAT would be cool.


Re: MA - Bruce Freedman Rail Trail

Post by bbffrrpp » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:56 am

Hello. I live very near this "rail trail" and I can say that it is now open, and being used. I see people and families on their bikes on it almost every day.

I don't know about the part which comes down from Lowell to "Chelmsford Center" (aka "Central Square"), but the part from Rt. 110 (coming from Rt . 495) and going down through the Center, and heading out towards Westford is being used.

When we occasionally drive on Rt. 27, we see the part of the rail trail which runs beside it. One of my thoughts one day is that it is a long stretch of "trail" where there are no "facilities." If someone had the wherewithal, a "snack stand" / port-a-potty" could be built there.

Last month, I borrowed 2 books from the library: The Rail Trails in northern New England, and in southern New England. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to read them and returned them. When I have a chance, I'll borrow them again.

I know the Rail Trail which goes through Arlington, MA, and I think Lexington, MA, is a much-used trail !

.. There is a larger history of these "former tracks" but I don't remember where I found that information. It had something to do with a "NY and CT Railroad" which used to exist in MA.

Betty (near Lowell, MA)


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Re: MA - Bruce Freedman Rail Trail

Post by Ron Newman » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:38 pm

It's the Bruce FREEMAN, not Freedman, trail. Can someone fix the subject header?

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