RedLantern wrote:I'm not exactly sure of the name of the line, but I've heard it referred to as the Stony Brook Electric Railway in Westford MA. I grew up about 400 feet from the right of way. The tracks were torn up in the 1920s but the right of way is still intact (thanks to power lines and a water main) from where they split off what is now Route 40 to the end of Beacon Street in the Graniteville section of Westford. It then went down North street to the site of the old B&M station where it went alongside the B&M Stony Brook branch to Ayer where I've been told it ended at the current station area since the B&M wouldn't let them cross the Hollis branch. There are still bridge abutments for a bridge on Nutting Road in Westford (apparently the bridge lasted until the '70s) as well as bridge abutments where the Nashua Acton & Boston crossed over it and the B&M Stony Brook branch.
Looked around for you. The name was, Stony Brook Valley Street Railway Company. Here is a burp of info I found.
The Stony Brook Valley Street Railway Company applied for permission from the town government to construct a
trolley system through town in 1901, and its service to outlying areas also contributed to decreased settlement
density. The route opened in 1907 and took travelers from the Groton town line at Forge Village toward
Chelmsford along Lowell Road. A spur went from Graniteville up River Street to the Center where it stopped near
the corner of Main and Depot Streets. The electric trolley received current from wires strung overhead. It provided
service until 1921 but most physical evidence of this early mass transportation system was removed in the 1930s.
No rail-related structures survive in the Center but the streetcars were responsible for providing access to the
services located there, such as the J. V. Fletcher Library (1897), schools and social gatherings. This access allowed
the Center to continue as the civic focus of town into the twentieth century.
Here is the web site I got it from. Not much else for info on the railroad.
http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:j2_ ... clnk&gl=us