Danbury to Marblehead

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The Lakeside and Marblehead Railroad

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Looking north, the former grade crossing of the Lakeside and Marblehead on a county road, about halfway between Danbury and Marblehead. Though hard to discern, the railbed can be made out. Photo by Aaron M., July 2008.

The Lakeside and Marblehead Railroad was a approximately 7-mile long line that was constructed in the 1880s to transport limestone from the quarries of Marblehead to the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway (later New York Central System) mainline at Danbury. The railroad provided passenger service until 1930. In the 1950s, trucks began to take over the job of hauling limestone, signaling the death of the already financially-strained railroad. In 1964, the railroad ceased operations as a common carrier, and subsequently came under ownership of the Standard Slag Company. From 1974 to 1977, the line had fell into disuse, until an order came to haul by rail in 1978. It turns out, this would be the last order ever carried by the railroad. The final load of limestone was carried in 1980, the line abandoned, and the remaining locomotive stored.

After the Lafarge Corporation took over the quarry in 1989, renovations took place almost immediately. Tracks were pulled up beginning in 1991, and completed in 1997. The remaining diesel locomotive was also pulled from storage and scrapped on-site in 1995. A small engine house at Marblehead was razed in 1992, and the depot in 2002.

Today, a portion of the railroad is now in use as a walking path. The depot at Lakeside was restored in 1995, and still stands today. Apparently, some rail still exists on company property.

Thanks to Aaron M. for contributing information about this route.

I walk on the tracks next to the walking path in Lakeside every year. The tracks are visible, but it always seems to be smokey on that trail. Is it true that the engine number of the train was 420?

Ty Webb
Bushwood CC
8/6/2009

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Ty,

The engine number for the L&M train was not 420. For a good resource, get a copy of "The Lakeside and Marblehead RR" by Dean Fick pub 2000. Copies avalable from www.mhpress.com.

Peter Carr
Bucksport, ME
8/26/2009

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I too have notice a "haze" that seems to hover over this section of track. It seems to be accompanied by a strange "tink"..."tink" sound. Train kept a rollin' all night long?

Capt. Penny
South Euclid, OH
6/8/2010

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I worked for standard Slag in 1986 and while cleaning and reorginizing the "Round House" which is where the last engine was stored I found a box of old tickets That said

Form 77

M.B.C. DEFECT CARD

"LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD RAILROAD CO"

CAR DEPARTMENT

CAR No_________________________ Date_____________

Intials________________________ Line______________

Will Be Recieved At_________________________

With the following defects

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Signature______________

Just a really cool piece of History to have..The Roundhouse was an amazing building. Too bad Marblehead couldnt have stepped in and saved some its wonderful pieces of History. Unfortunetly companies are only after what she has in her belley...Limestone..

Fred
Sandusky, OH
8/9/2010

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