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Marina Bay/Squantum Trolley

Postby $teve25 » Mon May 11, 2009 7:25 pm

http://www.wardmaps.com/viewasset.php?aid=2893

It seems there was a military base where Marina Bay is today. It was served by a trolley line that connects to Boston via a bridge over the Neponset to Commercial Point( where the big gas tank is). Does anyone know or have any pictures of the bridge and to what purpose the trolley line was for and when and why it was discontinued?
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Re: Marina Bay/Squantum Trolley

Postby MBTA3247 » Mon May 11, 2009 10:59 pm

The 1921 BERy map shows that trolley line. It branched off the Neponset line and followed Victory Road over a bridge into Quincy. It does not show up in the maps for 1916 and 1925, so I would guess it only existed to serve the shipyard (which is what that base looks to be) there during WWI.
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Re: Marina Bay/Squantum Trolley

Postby atsf sp » Wed May 13, 2009 5:09 pm

I believe the base existed for WWII too because it was air force and used as a target range. Don't know about the trolley line.
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Re: Marina Bay/Squantum Trolley

Postby jonnhrr » Thu May 14, 2009 5:31 am

atsf sp wrote:I believe the base existed for WWII too because it was air force and used as a target range. Don't know about the trolley line.


Actually a Naval Air Station (Squantum NAS). The infrastructure still existed in the 1960's when I lived in Dorchester but the base had been decommisioned. The airfield was closed in the early 1950's due to its proximity to Logan and the inability to expand its runways to handle modern aircraft.

Found this web site with some information:

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/MA/Airfields_MA_Boston_SE.html

"The U.S. Navy came along in 1917 & purchased this area for WW1 aviation training purposes & to build a major shipbuilding facility.
The Bethlehem Steel Company built the Victory Plant Shipyard on the northern side of the property,
and built 35 destroyers between 1918-1920.

Post WW1 the area was used for the establishment of Naval Air Reserve Base Squantum in 1923.
The earliest depiction of the Squantum "Naval Reserve" Seaplane Base which has been located
was on the 1929 Rand-McNally Air Trails Map of Massachusetts (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)."

No mention of the trolley line however, suspect it was long gone by then.

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Re: Marina Bay/Squantum Trolley

Postby RailBus63 » Thu May 14, 2009 11:40 am

I remember going to a flea market in an old hangar building there in the late 1970's.
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Re: Marina Bay/Squantum Trolley

Postby A320 » Sat May 16, 2009 2:22 pm

The large building on the site now was built as a central warehouse by Jordan Marsh in the late 60's to serve its several New England stores.

I don't know who owns it or for what it is used these days.
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Re: Marina Bay/Squantum Trolley

Postby MBTA3247 » Mon May 18, 2009 4:10 pm

A friend just passed me some more information about this line:
Information compiled by William Werner in 1973 shows the opening date of the line as January 11, 1918. The new trackage ran from Neponset Avenue to Squantum via Victory Road, including a temporary bridge across the mouth of the Neponset River. It was paid for by the U.S. Government to serve the Victory Plant. The line was operated as part of the Boston Elevated's surface car system. Werner's list does not show what service was operated on this line originally, but does say that on September 7, 1920 regular service was replaced by a single car shuttling between Fields Corner and Squantum. This operation was abandoned February 1, 1924.
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