The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

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The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:38 pm

All -

I've been a bit obsessive hiking and photographing the Eastern this year from Conway Jct. to Branch Brook, the border of Wells/Kennebunk. I thought you might like to see the results. As most of you know, starting in 1952, the Eastern, starting from the end of the Sarah Long bridge (Portsmouth/Kittery) the ROW has been paved over as Route 236 all the way to Jewett Station in South Berwick. From there, pretty much to Portland, the Eastern is intact, even after 65 years. Even though it's a bit swampy and tic infested. And believe you me, I know this first hand! Those damn blood suckers - I thought they'd be dead by now (December) but noooo!

Anyway, the first shot is the ROW, looking south towards Route 91. The other 2 shots are just past Conway Jct. This is the crossing of the Great Works River - the bridge long gone - probably as scrap in the 1950s.

More to come.

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Dennett Road Crossing - North Berwick

Postby Manalishi » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:59 pm

Dennett Road Crossing - North Berwick

1) The granite abutments were intact when I first passed through in 2000. But whatever gas company that had built a gas line over the old Eastern ROW was told to bury their gas line after 9/11. That's what I was told. Sadly, in doing so, they obliterated the granite abutments, now gone forever.

2) Cow crossing, just south of the Dennett Road crossing. I could be mistaken but I believe a farmer, 175 years ago, made an arrangement with the Eastern/P, S & P to provide a tunnel so his cows could pass from one pasture to another.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:03 pm

3) Tunnel/arch, east side. This is the Hussey Brook crossing. Hard to believe a railroad once ran above it.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:11 pm

4) Tunnel/arch west side, the Hussey Brook crossing. Note the Keystone with '1842' incised into it.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:17 pm

5) The remains of a telegraph pole and its crossbar.

6) ROW southbound.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby arthur d. » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:59 pm

Thanks for sharing these. Beautiful stonework. Hiking or riding this line is on the list. Would be interesting to see what treasures remain north of N. Berwick.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby MEC407 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:08 pm

Remarkable! Thank you!
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:45 pm

On to North Berwick, center of town. I picked up this postcard recently - Main Street, North Berwick near where the Eastern crossed the B&M. I count at least 7 tracks crossing Main St. Circa 1910. A lot of railroad action for such a small town.

I've met a gent recently whose uncle worked for the B&M in the 1940s. He worked in North Berwick at one of those crossings and sent a postcard to his brother stating that on 7/1/1949, 23 trains passed his gate crossing from 10 pm to 6:30 am the next morning. I guess North Berwick was a busy place in those days!
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:12 pm

West Brook, 1st crossing, just north of Rt. 9, N. Berwick. I've read in this forum that probably the only reason this bridge is still intact is the business relationship with the Swenson Granite Quarry, which ended in the 1970s.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:14 pm

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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:10 pm

West Brook, 2nd crossing. If I guessed correctly that the bridge at the 1st West Brook crossing was left intact because of business with the Swenson Granite Quarry, why remove
the second bridge?

Anyway, the railroad was nice enough to leave a few rails in place so that someone could build a rickety wooden bridge for the mountain bikers.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Manalishi » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:13 pm

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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby MEC407 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:39 am

These photos are absolutely wonderful. Keep 'em comin'!
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby Leo Sullivan » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:29 pm

Here is an old picture of Salmon Falls Station. I have no specialist knowledge but,
hope this helps.
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Re: The Eastern Railroad - South Berwick to Wells

Postby arthur d. » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:38 pm

Manalishi wrote: I guess North Berwick was a busy place in those days!


As late as 1972 and perhaps later, North Berwick was the point of origin and terminus of DM-7/MD-8, freights to/from Mechanicsville, NY, as well as being served by at least two other freights, WR-2 (Worcester-Rigby) and RB-2, (Rigby-Boston).
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