Rail-Trails in Nashua

Near West Hollis Street from Main to Simon Streets

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Main Street entrance to City Hall. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on July 6, 2000.

Main Street end of Rail-trail next to City Hall.  Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on July 6, 2000.

The trail surface changes to asphalt at the Elm Street Crossing. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on July 6, 2000.

The bus terminal is easily seen from the Elm Street Crossing. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on July 6, 2000.

There is no exit from the trail at the underpass that connects Eaton and Patterson Streets. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on July 6, 2000.

Near the west end of the rail-trail. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on July 6, 2000.

The trail ends on Will Street a short distance east of Simon Street. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on July 6, 2000.

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Bus TerminalTrail ShelterTelephoneDrinking Water The Nashua Transit Center on Elm Street is the bus stop for Vermont Transit (Greyhound) on an intercity route that runs from Boston to Manchester, White River Junction, Burlington, and Montreal.  Peter Pan Bus Lines also stops at this bus station on a route that runs from Concord to  Worcester. The platform canopy will serve as a trail shelter, and a telephone is also located on the station platform. A water fountain is inside the building. Unfortunately, the toilet in the bus station is reserved for bus passengers only.

Bus Stop Nashua Transit System provides city bus service from the Nashua Transit Center on six routes that serve most parts of Nashua. Bus stops for Route 4 outbound are every two or three blocks on nearby West Hollis St, except that the route apparently switches to Will Street between Twelfth and Simon Streets. Note that a bus stop is across the street from the west end of the rail-trail. Routes 4 and 5 return to the Transit Center on Kinsley Street, two blocks south of Hollis Street. Note also that Routes 4 & 5 do not operate on Saturdays, and none of the bus routes operate on Sundays. Note that the Nasua city busses do not have bike racks. 

Parking A parking garage is adjacent to the Nashua Transit Center and thus near the Elm Street Crossing.

Rest RoomDrinking WaterTelephone Public toilets and drinking water are available just inside the Elm Street entrance to City Hall from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays only. Another phone was noted near the Main St entrance to City Hall near the beginning of the trail.

 FoodRest Room A restaurant is adjacent to the Main Street end of the trail, open 6 am to 2 pm on weekdays, and 7 am to 2 pm on weekends. Three or four other restaurants were noted near that intersection as well as the Elm Street Crossing. Toilets and water are presumably available upon request at each of these restaurants.

The Post Office is located one block east of City Hall. 

TelephoneTrail Shelter A grocery store is located near the Twelfth Street Crossing, with a deli counter that offers sandwiches and take-out food. A phone is just inside the entrance. A bus stop shelter on adjacent Hollis St will serve as a trail shelter, and an outside phone is located next to the shelter. Trail parking may be available at the grocery store if done in a manner that does not interfere with customer convenience. 

FoodRest RoomDrinking WaterParking A pizza parlor is just west of the end of the trail. Toilets and water are presumably available upon request inside. Note that the restaurant was closed on July 6, 2000, but a sign on the door promised it would reopen on July 17th. Trail parking may be available at the restaurant if done in a manner that does not interfere with customer convenience. 

Rest RoomDrinking WaterTelephone A gas station & convenience store is located on West Hollis at Simon St (near the west end of the trail) that is open on a 24 hour per day basis. A donut counter operates from 5 am to 10 pm weekdays and 6 am to 10 pm weekends, for take out service only. Toilets and water are clearly available inside the store, while a phone is outside.

Parking A commuter parking lot is located near Exit 5 of the Everett Turnpike (Route 3), which is presumably convenient to the west end of the Rail-trail near Simon Street.

Bike Route A Statewide Bicycle Route parallels the rail-trail on West Hollis Street (Westbound) and Kinsley Street (Eastbound).  This bicycle route also continues southwest via Route 111A (Dunstable Road) to end at the State Line on Groton Road near the Hollis Depot end of the Nashua River Rail Trail.


News articles about the Rail-trail

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
398 at Nashua 1993 B&M 1.6
 
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.

Federal Funding Summary

Project Name Year City County Federal $ Local $ Total $
Bike/Ped Path, Nashua Br. RR Corridor 1995 Nashua Hillsborough $320,000 $80,000 $400,000
Dev. Nashua Br. Rail-Trail 1999 NASHUA N/A $400,000 $100,000 $500,000

This list is drawn on April 8, 2000 from a database maintained by the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse.  Direct questions to NTEC at 1-888-388-NTEC or by email to ntec@transact.org.


Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on March 03, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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