The Watuppa Branch was not obliterated by City Hall or I-195. The entire 13 mile line from New Bedford
is still largely intact except that west of Mid-City Scrap, its been out of service since 1982-84. Bay Colony
did operate as far as the Narrows/White's Resturant until Mass Crinc closed for a few years 1986 on.
From Route 88 (west of Mid-City) the track had literally sunk into the swamp. It was hoped BCLR would
have reopened it at least to the old Westport Drive-In site where Mid-City had set up a satilite facility,
but this never happened. A few loads for Primary Steel of Westport were off-loaded at Mid-City.
From Sanford Rd to end of track in Fall River, its being eyed for a bike path. A small portion, as
mentioned, exists at the Narrow's. Beyond Brayton Avenue and to the ponds, the track is still there
as are the trestles and the spur into the Old Frito Lay plant (comes off between the I-195 Eastbound
side and the exit ramp from 195E to Rt 24 South). Also the lead into the Watuppa Yard which goes
under 195 to Rodman Street.(now a big tree filled lot). Remember the mainline ended at Plymouth St.
An historical note - The NH did propose and actually start acquistion of parcels/easements of land in order to
connect the Watuppa to the Fall River mainline. The realignment would have started around
Flint Village across the ponds then tunnel down to an area just south of Bowenville Station. I think the
western portal would have been around Davol Street. The plans can be found in the UCONN NH archives.
As far as New Bedford Yard goes, that was rebuilt and used for several years to ship out PCB Sludge
being dredged from the harbor. Due to the reconstruction of three bridges in New Bedford, the
yard has been isolated (and not used) since Fall 2010. Bridge work not expected to be finished
until October 2011. Whether its gets used again is another story. The EPA has decided to cap the
sludge in the harbor to speed up the cleanup. This year's sludge is being trucked to Worcester and
loaded on to gondolas for the trip to Michigan for disposal. The spur into the sludge plant crosses
Herman Melville Blvd. with one track into the building and three stub storage tracks along side of it.