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THE BOSTON AND PROVIDENCE LINE
Boston - Mansfield - Attleboro - Pawtucket - Providence


NHRHTA Publications:

The NHRHTA has published the following items on the Boston and Providence Line:

Books:

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Shoreliner®:

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Volume 12 Issue 3 1981
  • "The Last of the Insiders Remains an Outsider" -- The history of the Daniel Nason, orginally built for the Boston & Providence Railroad, and the only surviving New Haven steam locomotive. 4 pages with photos and drawing.
Volume 13 Issue 1 1982
  • "Introducing The Comet" -- The history and technical details of the New Haven's 1930s streamliner, initially designed for Boston - Providence service. 22 pages, including photos, diagrams, timetables and advertising material.
Volume 13 Issue 3 1982
  • Rear cover photo of I-4 #1364 nearing the top of Sharon Hill with a Boston - Providence local in June, 1948.
Volume 13 Issue 4 1982
  • Rear cover photo of the Yankee Clipper with a mixed heavyweight and stainless consist deaprting Route 128 station.
Volume 14 Issue 1 1983
  • "Canton Junction -- Part 1" -- The history of the railroad in Canton, MA, including the famous Canton Viaduct, covering the 1830s through 1870s. 11 pages with photos, maps and diagram.
Volume 14 Issue 2 1983
  • "Canton Junction -- Part 2" -- The history of the railroad in Canton, MA, covering the 1880s and 1890s. 15 pages with photos.
Volume 14 Issue 3 1983
  • "Canton Junction -- Part 3" -- The history of the railroad in Canton, MA, covering the first decade of the 1900s. 8 pages with photos and map.
Volume 14 Issue 4 1983
  • "Canton Junction -- Part 4" -- The history of the railroad in Canton, MA, covering the 1910s and 1920s. 13 pages with photos and maps.
Volume 15 Issue 1 1984
  • "Canton Junction -- Part 5" -- The history of the railroad in Canton, MA, covering the 1930s. 6 pages with photos.
Volume 15 Issue 2 1984
  • "Canton Junction -- Part 6" -- The history of the railroad in Canton, MA, covering the 1940s. 14 pages with photos.
Volume 15 Issue 3 1984
  • "Canton Junction -- Part 7" -- Conclusion of the history of the railroad in Canton, MA, covering the years 1950 - present. 16 pages with photos.
Volume 15 Issue 4 1984
  • "The Pawtucket - Central Falls Station" -- The story of the New Haven's relocation of its main line through Pawtucket, RI, and the construction of the Pawtucket - Central Falls station in the 1910s. 12 pages with photos, maps and diagram.
Volume 18 Issue 3 1987
  • "Sharon Hill" -- All about the summit and ruling grade on the Boston and Providence. 3 pages with photos.
Volume 19 Issue 1 1988
  • "Old Colony Northern Division" -- History of the rail lines between Mansfield, Framingham, Marlboro, Fitchburg and Lowell. Includes photo features on Framingham, Medfield Junction and Walpole. 20 pages with photos (some color, including color centerspread at Clinton, MA) and maps.
Volume 20 Issue 2 1989
  • "A Very Elegant Station" -- A short history of the Boston & Providence Railroad's Park Square station. 2 pages with photos and map.
Volume 21 Issue 3 1990
  • "Another Way to Boston -- The New York & New England in Northern Rhode Island -- Part 1" -- The history of the New York & New England Railroad and its predecessor lines in Rhode Island and nearby portions of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Includes a discussion of the Boston, Hartford & Erie's early attempts to construct a line via Wrentham parallel to the Boston & Providence and the Boston & Providence's effort to derail the project. 11 pages with photos and maps.
Volume 22 Issue 2 1991
  • "Racetrack Trains" -- The story of special trains from Providence and Boston to Narragansett Park. 4 pages with photos and advertising.
Volume 22 Issue 4 1991
  • "More on Race Specials" -- Short article describing the use of parlor cars on some Narragansett Race Track special trains. 2/3 page.
Volume 27 Issue 1 1996
  • "Old Colony Commuter Service -- The New Haven's Problem Child -- Part 1" -- The history of The New Haven's Old Colony commuter service between Boston and Greenbush, Plymouth, Middleboro, Cape Cod, Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River. This 3-part series includes over 100 historic photos from the South Shore and southeastern Massachusetts. Part 1 includes the story of the 88 station case, in which the New Haven proposed abandonment of 88 stations in eastern Massachusetts, including selected stations on the Boston and Providence line. 30 pages plus cover photos.
Volume 29 Issue 2
  • "The TurboTrain Story" -- Part 1 of the history of United Aircraft Corporation's TurboTrain, reviewing its development as well as testing on the New Haven's Shore Line. 20 pages with photos (including cover and some color) in New York and Connecticut and diagrams.
Volume 29 Issue 3
  • "Readville Shops" -- Part 1 of the history of the New Haven's repair shops at the junction of the Boston and Providence and Midland routes, on the Boston - Dedham town line. 25 pages with photos (including cover and some color), maps and diagrams.
Volume 29 Issue 4
  • "Readville Shops -- Part 2" -- Continues the history of the New Haven's repair shops at the junction of the Boston and Providence and Midland routes, on the Boston - Dedham town line. 19 pages with photos (including cover and some color), maps and diagrams.
  • "TurboTrain -- Part 2" -- The history of United Aircraft Corporation's TurboTrain, reviewing its development as well as testing on the New Haven's Shore Line. 19 pages with photos.
Volume 30 Issue 1
  • "The Bussey Bridge Disaster" -- Chronicles the March 14, 1887 collapse of the Bussey Bridge on the Boston and Providence Railroad's Dedham branch, which killed 23 people. 20 pages with photos and maps.
  • "Readville Shops -- Part 3" -- Continues the history of the New Haven's repair shops at the junction of the Boston and Providence and Midland routes, on the Boston - Dedham town line. 16 pages with photos (including cover and some color).
Volume 30 Issue 2
  • "Readville -- The Final Chapter" -- Concludes the history of the New Haven's repair shops at the junction of the Boston and Providence and Midland routes, on the Boston - Dedham town line. 32 pages with photos (including cover and some color).
  • "Readville's People -- The War Years" -- Photo essay depicting the people who worked at Readville during World War II. 3 pages.
Volume 31 Issue 1
  • "Some Signals on the New Haven" -- A review of the various signal types used on the New Haven, as told in photos taken by T.J. Donahue.  Includes a photo of a home signal at Mansfield, MA.  9 pages.
Volume 33 Issue 4
  • "My New Haven Railroad" -- Bill Butler shares his memories growing up with the New Haven Railroad during the late 1930s, '40s and '50s in the Boston area, including visits to Southampton Street, Dover Street, South Station, Boston Freight Terminal, Back Bay and Sharon Hill. 6 pages with photos.
Volume 35 Issue 2
  • "Toward Steam's Last Bow" -- Tom Curtin tells the story of the Railroad Enthusiasts' round trip steam excurion from Boston's South Station April 27, 1952, with I-4s #1372 and #1388. The two special trains operated South Station - Blackstone - Putnam, CT - Willimantic - Middletown - Cedar Hill - Groton - Plainfield - Providence - South Station. 23 pages with photos and map.
  • "Recollections of 27 April 1952, Sunday" -- Harry Chase recalls riding the April 27, 1952 RRE steam excursion. 4 pages with photos.
Volume 35 Issue 4
  • "The Light that failed -- The Wreck of the Owl" -- The story of the Mansfield, MA May 23rd, 1926 wreck of the sleeping car train Owl. 16 pages with photos, map and drawings.
Volume 37 Issue 2
  • "The Yankee Clipper -- Finest Afternoon Train in America" -- A detailed history on this famous Boston - New York City train. 33 pages with photos, many in color, advertising material and train artifacts.

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