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The Cheshire Railroad: Its Construction and Brief History

March 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Alan Rumrill shares the history of the Cheshire Railroad which eventually ran from North Ashburham, MA to Bellows Falls, VT. The advent of the railroad changed the nature of life in this area of New England, making passenger travel faster and more comfortable. It also fueled industrial growth in towns all along the rail line. The Cheshire line, later acquired by the Fitchburg Railroad and then leased by the Boston & Maine Railroad, operated for more than 130 years. Learn how this technological marvel of the 1840s impacted the people and economy of this region.

This event will be at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Free and open to the public


*Photo Credit

B&M No. 6000 operating as “The Cheshire,” train no. 5506, at Bellows Falls, Vt., July 17, 1949
The “Tin Fish” rumbles over the Rutland tracks. The truss bridge beyond the water tower leads to White River Jct. Tracks to the left go to Rutland, Vt. to the right to North Walpole, N.H. Unit 600 is heading south on the Conn. River Main Line approaching the Bellows Falls depot. Donald S. Robinson photo. The Bellows Falls Arch Bridge (highway), completed 1905, is in the distance. Digital image made from photograph in Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society Archives. Gift of H. Bentley Crouch. Copyright Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society, Inc.



March 25, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Rockingham Free Public Library
65 Westminster St
Bellows Falls, VT