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THE CHARLES RIVER LINE
West Roxbury - Needham Jct. - Newton Upper Falls - Medfield Jct. - Bellingham - Woonsocket


NHRHTA Publications:

The NHRHTA has published the following items on the Charles River Line:

Shoreliner®:

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Volume 4 Issue 3 (Summer) 1973
  • "N.Y. & N.E. - Part 1" -- A brief history of the New York & New England, including its predecessor lines. 4 pages with photos.
Volume 4 Issue 4 (Fall) 1973
  • "N.Y. & N.E. - Part 2" -- A brief history of the New York & New England, including its predecessor lines. 1-1/2 pages with photos.
Volume 13 Issue 3 1982
  • "The Charles River Line" -- The history of the Newton, MA - Woonsocket, RI rail line and connections. Includes a timeline chart of ownership for the lines extending between Brookline, MA - Medfield Junction - Woonsocket, RI - Harrisville - Douglas Junction, MA - Putnam, CT - Willimantic - Middletown - New Haven. 12 pages with photos and maps.
  • "Charles River Line Album" -- 3 pages of photos.
Volume 17 Issue 1 1986
  • "The Bay Colony Railroad" -- The story of this freight short line company, which operates freight service on Cape Cod, to Plymouth, Watuppa, Dean Street in Taunton, a short portion of the Greenbush line, and Newton Highlands (on the old Charles River line). 6 pages with photos, map and motive power roster.
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 25 Issue 1 1994
  • "Memories of Medfield Junction" -- Donald E. Penniman and L. Darrow Park recall growing up near the junction in the 1930s and '40s. 17 pages with photos.
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 Charles River line. Several Charles River line station photos are included. 30 pages plus cover photos.
Volume 32 Issue 2
  • "Ginger Ale Express -- The New Haven's First 'Unit Train'" -- Reviews the precedent-setting special freight train operated by the New Haven for the Clicquot Club Ginger Ale Company between Millis and Lowell, MA, starting July 16, 1927. 7 pages with map and photos.

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