Today, this former right-of-way serves as a rail-trail. The abandoned grade is seen here crossing State Highway 131, where a single remaining cabinet still stands. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2013.
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The "3nd abandoned railroad line" shown in the map above is actually the remnants of the never-completed Southern New England Railway. Construction started in the 1910s, long after most other railroad lines in New England were completed. The line was surveyed and graded between Palmer, MA and Woonsocket, RI, but the owner of the railway perished in the Titanic disaster in 1912. Without his guidance, the endeavor collapsed shortly thereafter and the railroad was never finished.
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