• Framingham and Lowell Branch

  • Discussion relating to the NH and its subsidiaries (NYW&B, Union Freight Railroad, Connecticut Company, steamship lines, etc.). up until its 1969 inclusion into the Penn Central merger. This forum is also for the discussion of efforts to preserve former New Haven equipment, artifacts and its history. You may also wish to visit www.nhrhta.org for more information.
Discussion relating to the NH and its subsidiaries (NYW&B, Union Freight Railroad, Connecticut Company, steamship lines, etc.). up until its 1969 inclusion into the Penn Central merger. This forum is also for the discussion of efforts to preserve former New Haven equipment, artifacts and its history. You may also wish to visit www.nhrhta.org for more information.
  by neman2
 
I found a discarded drawbar along the ROW North of Rt 2A in Acton earlier this year. What is unusual about it is that it is about 50 to 100 feet away from the rail bed in a wetland area. I don't know why or how anybody would drag it out that far into a marsh. Could there have been a derailment there?

It can't be seen until the vegetation dies off in the winter. Sorry for the sideways image clicking on it should rotate it.
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  by edbear
 
Around 1953-54-55 there was a big derailment in the Acton/Westford area, can't say precisely where. I have seen photos of it too. Big hook was called out. Can't tell you where the photos were either, Shoreline maybe.
  by The EGE
 
Looking through the Globe archives, the closest I could find was a 1956 freight derailment at Littleton station. That was on the Fitchburg Main rather than the F&L, though.
  by neman2
 
Thanks for the replies. I plan on seeing if I can find anything else in that area this fall/winter.