Narragansett Pier Railroad

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The former Peace Dale station, now privately owned

The Narragansett Pier Railroad (reporting mark NAP) is a former railroad in southern Rhode Island, running from West Kingston to Narragansett Pier. Passenger service ran on the line from 1876 to 1952; the line continued freight operation as a Class III railroad until 1981.

History[edit]

The Narragansett Pier Railroad was chartered in January 1868 and opened on July 17, 1876 from Kingston Railroad Station to Narragansett Pier.[1]

Trolleys were operated over the segment of the railroad between Peace Dale, Rhode Island and Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island from 1904 until 1907.[1]

The railroad ended regular passenger service on December 31, 1952, although limited excursion service continued into the 1970s.[1] The railroad was headquartered in Peace Dale, with a two-stall roundhouse that still stands.[1]

The line's southern terminus was later cut back from Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island to Wakefield, Rhode Island, shortening the line to 6.2 miles. By 1981, the line was pared back to being just a 2-mile line between Kingston and Peace Dale, Rhode Island. During the 1970s, freight traffic consisted of fertilizer, lumber and building products.[1] Operations were suspended by 1981, and the line was never reopened.[2]

Approximately 5.6 miles of the railroad's right of way was converted into the William C. O'Neill Bike Path (formerly known as the South County Bike Path), with first phase completed in 2000 and second phase in 2003. Phase three of the project is intended to reach the South County Museum in Narrangansett in summer of 2011.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Edward A. American Short Line Railway Guide. The Baggage Car. p. 87. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Edward A. American Short Line Railway Guide. Kalmbach Books. p. 145. 
  3. ^ http://southcountybikepath.org/?page_id=8