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I have personally walked all abandoned rail in the seacoast area. This includes railroad and trolley. If you ever wanted to take a walk, just let me know.
I believe the Spaulding Turnpike (at least the Dover Point end) may have been constucted on this abandoned railbed. (It was constructed on an abandoned railbed - I'm not sure it was the Portsmouth and Dover railbed.)
Some of Rt. 16 was built on the old P&D ROW just south of Exit 7, beyond Sawyer Mills. From there, it breaks off again, and Spur Rd. was built on the ROW (a milepost marker is still present along that stretch). The ROW was obliterated south of the Dover tolls. It can be seen again partially jutting out into Great Bay across from Hilton Park, where the Newington Depot is (Bloody Point Rd.)
North of Sawyer Mill in Dover, you can still see the crossing and telltale where it crossed Rt. 108 by the Rt. 16 overpass, by the Shell station. From there, it becomes the Dover Community Trail.
Does anyone have any info on the old trolleys that ran from South Berwick to Kittery and up the coast to Saco? If so please E-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
I grew up along a section of the P and D line, As kids we played in what remained of the Folsom Street Station foundation, I remember the piles of spent coal off Locust Street that slowly got buried as time passed, and when the Boston and Maine Railroad worked the line down to Sawyers and diamond national lumber yard and the Kidder Press.The abandoned stretch beyond Sawyers has always been something I have pondered, Have studied what I have found online pictures, articles and maps etc..., have walked the community trail, driven the Spalding and Spur Road, even work now along the active portion in Newington, I find it quite interesting how the line came to be and the times that it was created in, sometimes I like to daydream about those steam engines rolling through down this line.