Nantucket Central Railroad Company

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Nantucket Central Railroad Company
Nantucket Railroad, c. 1900s.jpg
Engine 2, with Nantucket Harbor behind it
Locale Massachusetts
Dates of operation 1881–1917
Successor Abandoned
Track gauge 3 ft (914 mm)
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Headquarters Siasconset

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.

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]

Locomotives[edit]

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 4wPM 1907 Early gasoline-powered railcar capable of carrying ten passengers

Notes[edit]

  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

References[edit]

  • 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.

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