Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday, July 23, 2018

McGinnis Scheme B&M Boxcars at West Cambridge MA

There have been two Boston & Maine McGinnis-scheme boxcars parked along the Fitchburg mainline in West Cambridge MA for years.  I don't know the history behind them, but would like to!

Don't quote me on this, but if my memory serves me correctly, the parking lot they are next to was once a US Postal building.  It is now home to a bread baking company.

The entire area once had a yard and many spurs. There was an iron works on the north side of the tracks, and a brick manufacturer just east of the main yard.  But they are all gone now... victim to Cambridge's desire to cram as many condo, apartment, and retail buildings into a small space as possible.  You can see some of that growth in the background of the top photo, behind the boxcars.  They are on the north side of the Fitchburg main.  The south side still has a gritty, commercial feel to it, but it is nothing like the old days.

The boxcar on the left is numbered 76500.  The other had its number painted over.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Boston & Maine Hinsdale NH Railroad Station FOR SALE!

Have you always wanted to live in a railroad station?  The station at Hinsdale NH is for sale by its owner!  It is located on Depot Street next to what was once the Ashuelot branch of the Boston & Maine, now a rail trail.  

For more photos and information, click here to contact the owner.   

Monday, March 5, 2018

Name That Photo Location: 1947 Ayer MA Boston & Maine Photo Location FOUND!

The Photo.
In December of 2017, I posted a photograph dated 2/28/47 of a B&M train somewhere in Ayer Massachusetts.  Last week, I accidentally figured out exactly what that building was, and after some online research, where it was as well!

I was doing some organizing of my digital
railroad photo files, then noticed an Ayer postcard that seemed very familiar.  It showed a NYNH&HRR boxcar on a siding.  All of a sudden, a lightbulb went off in my head.

"That looks like the building in the background of that Ayer photo I have!"

Postcard view of the Chandler Machine building
I can now say for sure my photo was taken next to the Chandler Machine Company, whose address was listed as simply "West St, Ayer MA".  They manufactured industrial sewing and stitching machines.  The business was founded in 1899 and closed in September 2002.  The building appears to have been torn down some time between 2003 and 2005, replaced by (as usual) some condos.

Knowing this, the rail siding in the photo was off of the Worcester & Nashua line, which is now a paved rail trail north of Ayer Center.

Newspaper articles in 2002 stated that Chandler's closing was due to the proliferation of cheaper machinery being sold by countries like China.  This is a story repeated over and over in America.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

WW&F Spring Photographic Excursions 2018

Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum

Spring Photographic Excursions
 Saturdays, April 14 & 21 2018
All of our original and replica equipment will be used to demonstrate mixed and freight trains commonly operated on the old WW&F.

April 14th runs 6 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., and April 21st runs 6 a.m. into the evening. Both days will include the firing of No. 9 starting at 6 a.m. and day session photo train operating 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. 

April 21st will also feature a staged and lit night scene starting at 6 p.m. Several unique photo opportunities will be provided both days. Price is $150 per person April 14th, and $225 April 21st.  

Maximum attendance will be 25 people April 14th and 20 people on April 21st. Reserve your seat online at!