Woods Hole Railroad Station

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Woods Hole Railroad Station
Terminal and Dock, Woods Hole, Mass. - No. 10915.jpg
The original Woods Hole Station (c. 1890)
Location Railroad Avenue
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°31′22.42″N 70°40′08.99″W / 41.5228944°N 70.6691639°W / 41.5228944; -70.6691639
Line(s) Falmouth Branch
Platforms Yes
Connections Ferry service to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Parking Yes
Opened 1872 (1872)
Closed 1964 (1964)
Rebuilt 1899

The Woods Hole Railroad Station was a station on the Old Colony Railroad located in the village of Woods Hole in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts.[1] It served as the terminus for the railroad's branch line to Woods Hole and offered ferry connections to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Rail service to Woods Hole ended in 1963, and the station building was demolished in 1970.


The original wooden station was built at the end of the Woods Hole branch of the Old Colony Railroad in 1872.[1] The station was located close to docks where passengers could board ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, so it served as a transfer station for vacationers traveling to the islands. In 1893, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad leased the Old Colony Railroad and took over operations on the line. In 1899, the station building was replaced by a brick structure.[1]

In 1963, rail service to Woods Hole ceased, and the station closed. The tracks were torn up in 1969, and the station building was demolished in 1970.[1] In 1977, work began on the Shining Sea Bikeway, a rail trail on the Woods Hole branch line's right-of-way, and its southern trailhead is located on the site of the former Woods Hole station. Ferries continue to service the nearby docks, and The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority uses the former rail yard as a parking lot.

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  1. ^ a b c d Farson, Robert H. (1993). Cape Cod Railroads Including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Joan Hollister Farson (First ed.). Yarmouthport, Massachusetts: Cape Cod Historical Publications. p. 147. ISBN 0-9616740-1-6. 

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