South Ashburnham-Winchendon

Two separate segments are currently open for public use on an informal basis.
The intermediate segment must be considered as a potential rail-trail.

Mileage Chart and Detailed Trail Information

The following railroad mileage chart also serves as a table of contents for the detailed rail-trail information and associated pictures. Each page begins with the historic name of the former railroad station, and continues with available information about the trail on either side of that railroad station, to a point roughly half-way to the next railroad station.  

Miles Station Name Svc. Settlement Municipality
59.90 South Ashburnham TFP South Ashburnham Ashburnham
64.03 Naukeag T   Winchendon
35.98 Winchendon TFP Winchendon Winchendon

* = Railroad Miles from Boston
Svc.: (in 1923) T=Telegraph, F=Freight Accounts, P=Passenger tickets
Dark face = Depot presumably present in 1923

Mileage and Station Names from the Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations of the Boston & Maine Railroad, July 1,1923.

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
358 South Ashburnham
[0.7 mi W]
1984 B&M 20.6
400 at South Ashburnham 1993 B&M 0.7
B&M = Boston & Maine Railroad
From the "Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994" in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.

Brief History of the Railroad

A brief history of the Cheshire RR was published as Article #38 in The Rail Lines of Southern New England by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1995.

This page was updated on July 26, 2000 by Kenyon F. Karl <>. Unintentional errors are likely!
Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

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