Sepia Saturday - Rail Biking Through a Time Tunnel

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That's one confusing title isn't it? Recently I had the opportunity to go for a bike ride with my niece, grand niece and grand nephew. We cycled on the newly constructed rail trail from the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station, across the Merrimack River, and though Salisbury, Massachusetts.

In Newburyport the trail goes by the name Clipper City Rail Trail. In Salisbury it's called the Great Marsh Rail Trail. Both trails follow the old B&M Railroad line that once extended from Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine.
Photo: L. Bograd - CrazyasaCoolFox staff

The first postcard shows the old Newburyport train station. It was razed in the 1960's after the line was closed. The second is a photo of one of the many informative historical signs along the trails.

The newer Newburyport Commuter Rail Station is now about one mile south of this location. It was part of the rail line rehab in 1996 and is considered the terminus of the line at the moment.

Also looking beyond that old train station imagine a giant black iron trestle spanning the Merrimack River. I wrote about that bridge in my post called "Bridge of Death."

Now imagine you are the photographer standing with your old camera taking the first photo. If you turn 180° and look south, you will see the image in the third photo.(postcard) The old post card shows a single track running through the High Street tunnel. In the fourth newer photo you can see that tunnel was widened to allow for a double track arrangement.

I usually share the messages written on the reverse side of old postcards, but there were no messages on these.

Photo: L. Bograd - CrazyasaCoolFox staff
All along the rail trail now are some incredible art sculptures. I shot many photos of these beautiful pieces and I'll feature them on this blog later.

It was a beautiful sunny fall day. We saw a lot of wildlife both flora and fauna. The day made for some treasured moments shared with my family.

Ride your bike on the web rail trail and through the internet tunnel to find more fine posts at Sepia Saturday by clicking here.

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Martin H. said…
I really enjoyed my trip through the rail time-tunnel. What a great innovation.
Christine H. said…
I always enjoy your posts. I can imagine them as a book. Have you ever considered that?
Kat Mortensen said…
Fabulous postcards and photos, Crazy. I've never been much of a train-spotter, but I do love old train stations (ever since, "The Railway Children").
What a great ride you all must have had! (What a grand, grand-uncle you are!)

CrazyasaCoolFox said…
Thanks everyone for your posts. Christine That's a great idea. Most of my postcard posts have a similar vein running through them. I'm going to look into this. Thanks for the inspiration. Again thanks to all who visit my blog.
Meri said…
What a lovely use of abandoned rail rights-of-way. Fun to see befores and afters.
Barbara said…
That must have been really fun for you and the kids, and your niece (who I assume isn't a kid anymore.)
CrazyasaCoolFox said…
Yes Barbara, My niece is the mummy now. I guess that makes me either grand or ancient. haha Thanks for visiting my blog!
Nancy said…
Those are some great postcards you shared. I love old train stations, though there are so very few of them left anymore. I especially enjoyed the last photo with the trees arching over the path narrowing in the distance. Lovely.
tony said…
I cant imagine a nicer journey than travelling by train through Massachusetts in The Autumn.
We should all remember to bike with our family more often. What a wonderful day it must have been!
well, your fall days look much greener than ours, but then, i do live "up north"!!!
CrazyasaCoolFox said…
Yes Ticklebear you're right. But in just a few weeks our fall will look like your fall too. :( BTW it's 8C here at 9:00 am. whats the temp there?
Alan Burnett said…
Such cycle routes based on old railway lines are gaining in popularity over here as well. You take us along with you and as a bonus show us a couple of great old postcards.
12o C mid-afternoon.
we come close to the freezing point at night, very close, even in the city...

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