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 Saylesville Branch
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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.
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.
The tracks of the former MVRR no longer go past Higginson Ave pretty much after the mills and dye works closed up there was no need for the extra tracks. At Higginson Ave is where the yard began and the office was adjacent to the old Watt Terminal Building.