Re: Freight Car Surprise in Boston Harbor

Joel Holmes <lehighvalley@...>

Hi All,

I do believe that the old narrow guage RB&L was incororated into the
Boston Rapid Transit system. I do not recall the date. A tunnel was
built from the end or near the end of the RB&L into Boston ending at
Bowdoin. I have ridden this line when going to Logan Airport which is not
the end of the line.

Joel Holmes

The BRB&L was the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn, a narrow ga. RR IIRC.
I can remember taking the ferry for 10 cents to cross the harbor in the
early 1950's.
Wonder how many recall Federal Yard, running tangent to Commonwealth pier,
the A street yards of the NH? Up to the 1970's there were about a dozen
PRR M60b's
stored along the waterfront where the old car ferry slips were located.
Thanks to whoever
posted this photo, some of it brought back some great memories !
Fred Freitas

From: wskeay <wskeay@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:31 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Freight Car Surprise in Boston Harbor

This wonderful shot was taken in the area behind India Wharf, (now the
site of the Boston Harbor Towers), looking easterly, with East Boston in
the rear, and what is now Logan Airport in the right background, (then
open water).

The B&A RR Docks at the time were in the area of the Cunard and Leyland
piers, shown above the wheelhouse of the left-hand steamer, (under weigh).

The BRB&L Ferry slip is to the right of these, just about between the
masts of the Steamer "HM Whitney".

The wharfs, from right to left foreground, are India Wharf, (Metropolitan
Steamship building), Central Wharf, (now the location of the New England
Aquarium), and Long Wharf.

About the only recognizable landmark still in existence, (other than the
vague outline of the wharfs on the waterfront), is the stone "Custom House
Block" warehouse on Long Wharf.

Boston has a rich history of landmaking, which has graphically altered
it's landscape, (indeed most of the waterfront areas in this photo were on
made land), and much of the fill to do this came from the area's various

Thanks for finding and sharing this treasure.

Bill Keay

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