Woodlawn to Saylesville

The Saylesville Branch

Picture Point of Interest

(Forwarded from the Boston & Providence Railroad)

This view faces north from the grade crossing at Rhode Island State Route 15 in Pawtucket. The track is in the grassy area and curves along the edge of the parking lot. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2013.

This short branch line was built by the Moshassuck Valley Railroad in 1876, and ran from a connection with the Boston and Providence Railroad in Woodlawn to the small town of Saylesville. (Both Woodlawn and Saylesville are now suburbs of Pawtucket.) The line was purchased by the Providence and Worcester Railroad (owners of the B&P) outright in 1981.

The line is still extant and active up to where the three-track yard is annotated on the map under the name "Moshassuck Running Track". The track quality is excepted, though, and the only remaining customer is Barker Steel's transload facility.

Killingworth, CT


Dear sir,

I read your article on the MVRR. I worked on that RR in -1974 . I have found memories and have p photo of No. 8, the 60 toner. I lived hear thaRR, and remember when no. 7' was a steam loco. After that I worked for the P&W, Conrail and finished my career with Amtrak.

Peter Ross
Seekonk,, MA


Shortened Link: http://a-r.us/j8i

Do you have any pictures or information about The Saylesville Branch? Please . You will get credit for anything you contribute.