Current status of Newburyport line Wakefield to Danvers?

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Current status of Newburyport line Wakefield to Danvers?

Postby StefanW » Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:39 am

Since I had to pass through the Wakefield / Lynnfield area tonight I decided to check out what's left of the old Newburyport line and I was shocked to find the Summer St. crossing in Lynnfield paved over! (Put "135 Summer St Lynnfield, MA" into MapQuest for a map.)

After seeing that crossing obliterated I drove around to all the other crossings I could find, from Wakefield Jct. to Danvers Jct., and everywhere else rails look like they are in good shape and could still see trains even now.

I thought the line was just "out of service" but it's looking abandoned to me. Wasn't this segment being considered for a commuter rail extension, or am I confusing it with the Salem-Peabody-Danvers proposal?
I hope the paving over of a crossing doesn't mean the MBTA is looking at abandonment.
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Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Dec 11, 2004 11:07 pm

The Newburyport Industrial Track from Wakefield Jct and beyond has been out of service and embargoed by Guilford for probably two years now. The MBTA uses the Wakefield Jct extreme end for MW storage and the like.

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Postby StefanW » Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:58 pm

Thanks! I guess I should have posted this one on the Guilford forum, since MBTA has nothing doing on that old line. (I'm a bit new 'round here.)
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Postby NealG » Wed Dec 15, 2004 9:53 am

Does the MBTA or Guilford own the line?
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Postby 130MM » Wed Dec 15, 2004 9:14 pm

NealG wrote:Does the MBTA or Guilford own the line?


The MBTA owns the line. And in Wakefield there is a movement to convert it to a bike path.
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