Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

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Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by Red Wing » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:42 pm

I've noticed as you travel down I-495 southbound in Bolton at mile marker 69.8 there is a cut in the ledge that looks suspiciously like it's rail related. I've also noticed a depression on the northbound side that looks like it could have been a railroad row too. Any ideas?

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by dcm74 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:02 pm

Remnants of the Lancaster Railroad a/k/a Lancaster & Hudson. Built circa 1872-73. Ran one inspection train but never any regular service. Further information in the Central Mass book.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by Cosmo » Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:27 pm

Wait,... you mean another "Hampden RR," but earlier?
30 yrs earlier?
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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by edbear » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:45 pm

You can also find parts of the Lancaster RR right-of-way in Hudson conservation land on west side of Route 85 about a mile or so north of the rotary opposite Hudson fire station, you can find it in the woods behind Emerson School in Bolton where Nashua Valley RR Club used to have a Spring train show, and 55 or so years ago a younger brother was big in Boy Scouts and on the roadway into the grounds of Scout Camp Resolute in Bolton, you could find the embankment for the line. It's been that long since I've been in to Resolute, so I don't know if things have been rearranged, but you should be able to locate the other two spots.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by Red Wing » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:57 am

Thank you for the fast responses.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by ewh » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:59 am

The right of way crossed Route 117 in front of the Catholic Church west of Bolton center, diagonally left to right. You can make out a very shallow cut to the north of Route 117. In about a half mile the right of way crossed Route 117 to the south and went downhill to Lancaster on a pretty good fill. I was a scout at Resolute in the late '50's and the right of way was very evident throughout the camp. We were told that it was a trolley line. Look at the Bolton map at the UNH on-line archives and you can trace the entire line.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by Cosmo » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:27 pm

ewh wrote:The right of way crossed Route 117 in front of the Catholic Church west of Bolton center, diagonally left to right. You can make out a very shallow cut to the north of Route 117. In about a half mile the right of way crossed Route 117 to the south and went downhill to Lancaster on a pretty good fill. I was a scout at Resolute in the late '50's and the right of way was very evident throughout the camp. We were told that it was a trolley line. Look at the Bolton map at the UNH on-line archives and you can trace the entire line.
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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by The EGE » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:20 pm

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216 ... 3,1.352692

I've got most of the ROW tracked (in blue); some of the Lancaster portion I'm missing and the Hudson end is approximate.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by Cosmo » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:57 pm

The EGE wrote:http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216 ... 3,1.352692

I've got most of the ROW tracked (in blue); some of the Lancaster portion I'm missing and the Hudson end is approximate.
Umm... it doesn't show up there, and I don't see it listed to the left.
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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by neman2 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:24 pm

Umm... it doesn't show up there, and I don't see it listed to the left.

Scroll down to the bottom and go to page 2-you will see Lancaster& Hudson listed.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by The EGE » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:50 pm

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216 ... 9,1.352692

That should work. Might have to scroll to the second page.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by Cosmo » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:07 pm

The EGE wrote:http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216 ... 9,1.352692

That should work. Might have to scroll to the second page.
COOL! I see it now, thanks!
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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by Rbts Stn » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:21 pm

Took me awhile to figure out the "page 2" aspect, too. Very cool page.

But using Google map (satellite), I see what looks like a ROW North of what you've got for the Lancaster line.

It starts in the NW at 110, just North of 117, goes SE through some playing fields, starts and stops until it gets to Harvard Rd, where it's pretty clear to 495 (just south of 117). Crosses 495, goes through Camp Resolute (as edbear said and ewh confirmed), crosses 85, dives towards the SouthEast, and pretty much ends at Manning Street. That looks to my untrained eyes like what you might see from 495, as Red Wing originally suggested.

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by neman2 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:29 pm

(I hope this link works)

I have mapped a good portion of the Lancaster & Hudson at this link;

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=

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Re: Former Railroads in Bolton, MA?

Post by The EGE » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:16 pm

Yeah, I noted that as well. Old topo maps, though, show the ROW I marked but not that one. I assume it's modern for transmission lines.

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