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Endicott Street Train tunnel, Danvers MA 2004
« on: February 18, 2021, 02:44:48 PM »

Endcott Street Train tunnel

That railroad line is the former Essex
Railroad that ran between the Docks in Salem Ma and Lawrence Mass. The line
ran between those two points via Peabody, Danvers, (Asylum Station served
Danvers State Hospital), Middleton, North Andover and Lawrence It was built
as a way for the Eastern RR to steal business from the Boston and Maine in
Lawrence. Quite a bit of coal was shipped from Salem to Lawrence. The line
was also planned to provide a route to Manchester NH when used in
conjunction with the Manchester and Lawrence RR.
Most of the right of way of this former railroad is still visible and much
of it is ridable on a bike.

In their last days of use, trains would come up to Danvers from Salem via
the Essex Railroad, cross over the Waters River trestle, go under this
bridge, then head towards the center of town where the freight house still
stands. They would there change tracks over to the former Newburyport line
and head over to Wakefield MA to deliver their cars.

At this time there is no railroad service at all to Danvers although most of
the track is still down. The track is currently owned by the MBTA and in my
opinion is not likely to be torn up anytime soon. The MBTA tends to leave
it's trackage down, even unused trackage.

Thank you Scott Currier of " Scotts RR Archaeology page "

Scott is the leading source for abandoned Railroad info in our area, and Dijitalphotography would like to thank
Scott for  writing this specifically for Dijitalphotography
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