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Photo of WALPOLE, MA

Train LP-1 (Lowell to Providence) southbound on the Lowell Branch about to cross the diamond on the Franklin Branch. Power: PC 2229 X-PRR GP-30, PC 2502 X-NYC U25B, PC 5474 RS-3 (X-?).

Photographed by Bruce Nelson, June, 1971.
Added to the photo archive by Bruce Nelson, June 2, 2023.
Railroad: Penn Central.

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Almost surreal that there could be that much traffic from Lowell to Providence only 52 years ago and zilch today.

Posted by Alan Marshall on 2023-06-02 08:50:13

Lowell Branch Service was approved for abandonment under the rail rationalizations that preceded the Conrail takeover. Traffic would be shifted to the B&M via Worcester.A reminder of the collapse of individual carload freight that took place largely because of trucking and the railroads poor service for small shippers.

Posted by Ron DeFilippo on 2023-06-02 14:11:29

From Lowell... am I to assume this train would have used F&L through Chelmsford, Acton, Concord, Sudbury to get to Framingham?

Posted by Steve Beaudet on 2023-06-03 20:17:19

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