The Central Massachusetts Railroad

https://vimeo.com/527564286 From the enactment in 1895 by the Legislature of the Metropolitan Water Act, it was understood that the portion of the Central Massachusetts Rail Road (CMRR) passing through and under the future Great Reservoir would have to be relocated, without interruption to regular service, to a safe route  on higher ground. The elimination and replacement… Continue reading The Central Massachusetts Railroad

The Underwater Rail Trail of the CMRR

The Underwater Rail Trail of the Central Massachusetts Rail Road The Central Massachusetts Rail Road (CMRR), built primarily as a commuter rail from Cambridge to western Massachusetts, reached the Nashua River Valley in the 1880s. Sidings were extended into each of the many busy factories along the route for the loaded freight cars.  The junction… Continue reading The Underwater Rail Trail of the CMRR

The Viaduct (Updated 6/20/22)

Wachusett Dam & Reservoir ©beforetherewasadam.com This Viaduct of the Central Massachusetts Railroad, long since demolished, was a key component to maintaining continuous commuter rail traffic to through the area Cambridge. Constructed on a very close schedule it ultimately became a signature image of the Dam & Reservoir setting. This is another story of the engineering… Continue reading The Viaduct (Updated 6/20/22)