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Nantucket Central Railroad Company

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The Nantucket Central Railroad Company was a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad on the island of Nantucket. The railroad linked the village of Nantucket with the village of Siasconset. Built in 1881, the line closed in 1917, with the track and rolling stock sent to France as part of the Allied forces of the First World War. Years after the railroad was discontinued, the last railroad car left on the island was converted to a popular restaurant.

Nantucket Central Railroad Company
Nantucket Railroad, c. 1900s.jpg
Engine 2, with Nantucket Harbor behind it
LocaleMassachusetts
Dates of operation1881–1917
SuccessorAbandoned
Track gauge3 ft (914 mm)
Length9 miles (14 km)
HeadquartersSiasconset

Originally, the company was known as the Nantucket Railroad, but following the bankruptcy of the company in 1895 allowed for the company to reorganize under the name that it carried until 1917.[1]

LocomotivesEdit

Number Name Builder Type Date Works number Notes
Dionis Baldwin Locomotive Works 4-4-0 tender Originally built for the Danville, Olney and Ohio River Railroad; scrapped 1901
Sconset Mason Machine Works 0-4-4 Purchased from Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad 1888[2]
1 Hinkley Locomotive Works 4-4-0 tender Originally built 1879 for the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad; purchased 1901[2]
2 Alco 2-4-4 1910 Sent to the Allied Expeditionary Force, Bordeaux, France in 1917
Siasconset Fairbanks-Morse Company 4w PM 1907 Early gasoline-powered railcar capable of carrying ten passengers

NotesEdit

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Schmid, Peter (2000). "The Nantucket Railroad". Nantucket Historical Association. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Stanley, Robert C. Narrow Gauge - The Story of the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad Boston Street Railway Association 1980 pp.111-112

ReferencesEdit

  • Eldredge, Andrew T (2003). Railroads of Cape Cod and the Islands. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1157-9.
  • Stanley, Robert C. (1980) Narrow Gauge - The Story of the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Boston Street Railway Association.