Looking for abandoned railroads?

Looking for abandoned railroads just got a lot easier While doing research on the many railroad lines around New England, I have found that a whole bunch of them were abandoned around the 1930s. That means these right of ways been untouched for nearly 80 years. Some are easier to find because the rails and […]

Rail Explorers RI

Riding the Rails – Rhode Island Rail Explorers

Newport, Rhode Island sure is a happening place during the summer. Vacationers flood the city to such an extent that primetime June reservations at the most in-demand restaurants are best booked in the dead of winter. People come for the food and numerous other attractions, including the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad, which runs various […]

Macungie, PA - Train Watching Park

Macungie Railfan Pavilion

Macungie, Pennsylvania is located in the Lehigh Valley region in the southeastern part of the state. The 37 mile Norfolk Southern Railway’s Reading Line cuts through Macungie running between Wyomissing Junction, PA and Bethlehem, PA. What once was the train station in Macungie is now a train watching park. It is estimated that anywhere from […]

Bay Colony Railroad

Bay Colony Railroad #1701

If you grew up as a rail-fan in Southeastern Massachusetts, you know the Bay Colony Railroad. This short line railroad serviced all of Cape Cod and almost any other line that wasn’t serviced by Conrail or CSX. Growing up in Middleboro, MA, for nearly 25 years I would normally see one of the Bay Colony […]

Trainmaster's Inn

Trainmaster’s Inn – Palmer, MA

Palmer, MA is located 70 miles west of Boston in the central part of western Massachusetts off the Mass Pike I-90. The town of Palmer is rich in railroad history and is known as “The Town of Seven Railroads” Today Palmer is still a busy railroad town with three freight railroads: CSX, Massachusetts Central Railroad, […]

Realinement

Northeast Corridor Realignment in CT & RI

In order for Amtrak to be competitive with airlines in the Northeast, they are looking to make huge improvements to the Northeast Corridor’s high-speed rail system. Amtrak, along with the Federal Railroad Administration, has a few proposals for improvements including relocating parts of the corridor. This upgrade will cost billions of dollars anyway you look […]

Plainville MA Roundhouse

Wrentham and Adamdale Branches

A few years back I stumbled across this hidden railroad structure in the town of Plainville, MA. If you look closely, you can see concrete from the turntable, which was filled in. There is a small green sign on West Bacon Street which states “Old Roundhouse”. “The roundhouse was used to store locomotives from February […]