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Old 07-01-2019, 12:16 PM   #1
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Unbuilt railroads

This is a thread for maps of unbuilt railroads, starting with: https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/50593
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:27 PM   #2
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Jeeze, that would have turned Boston into something like Chicago as a sorting hub. Not that Boston would have ever seen the traffic for it.
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:36 PM   #3
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I remember seeing this a while ago. Still in awe at the planned size of the Needham Yard. That would've been a sight to see.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:10 PM   #4
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Milford to Tewksbury! How can I lose?!?

https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/70915
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:34 PM   #5
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Where the hell is southie ^? I see its before the back bay was filled in and I know Southie had tidal flats but nothing is there. That side of downtown is completely open to the harbor, no southie, no channel, no south bay.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:36 PM   #6
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This is a thread for maps of unbuilt railroads, starting with: https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/50593
I really would love to have this map (or something similar) on my wall. I found an awesome Boston sewer map that was the exact same dimensions, looks like the same cartographer, as this one.

This map makes me realize how sad it is that housing was allowed to be developed on Furnace Brook Parkway - it clearly was meant to be a wide greenway. What a mistake.

And stick, I think that Tewksbury map is inaccurate as far as South Boston is concerned. There’s no date on it, but given that Lowell and Lawrence are on it, we’re at least mid-late 19th C.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:58 PM   #7
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I can't get over the number of proposed wye junctions in that first map. Like, I think I see a dozen? Imagine the operational permutations...
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:00 PM   #8
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Here is a plan for a New York City to North Station railroad line. Details on this are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Yo...ransit_Company

It's the red line that cuts through Brookline, runs about a block from the Grand Junction in Cambridge, then cuts across the east side of East Cambridge:

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Old 07-01-2019, 11:05 PM   #9
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The Milford-Tewksbury map must date to the late 1860s. The Charles River Railroad became the BH&E Woonsocket Division in 1865, and the Framingham-Sterling Junction line became the BC&F in 1867. The Milford & Woonsocket was completed from Milford to Bellingham Junction in 1868, and Milford to Ashland (along a similar alignment to that proposed here) in 1869. Oddly enough, the "M & M" shown between Milford and Woonsocket was never built.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:39 AM   #10
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I wonder what the eastern terminal railway would look like on google my maps, also I mentioned this on the open thread: https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/50715

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Old 07-02-2019, 10:08 PM   #11
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I actually mapped out the Eastern Terminal Railway a while back. It doesn't look like it was anything other than one guy's Crazy Transit Pitch (1915 edition!) - there's no other record of it.
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...also I mentioned this on the open thread: https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/50715
That's awesome. I wonder if it led to the idea for Commonwealth Ave across Brookline and Newton?
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:16 AM   #13
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There should be a thread for google maps creations and kmls that don’t fit in crazy transit pitches or the other threads.

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Here is a plan for a New York City to North Station railroad line. Details on this are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Yo...ransit_Company

It's the red line that cuts through Brookline, runs about a block from the Grand Junction in Cambridge, then cuts across the east side of East Cambridge:

Interesting that the line is drawn as running right across Corey Hill in Brookline. I wonder what they were thinking, if anything.
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