From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. OC's Boston Kneeland Street Depot. New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Map of Old Colony Railroad network, about 1893.
The Governor Bradford , an early OC locomotive built in 1845 by Hinkley & Drury. Map of Old Colony and Fall River lines, 1846. Old Colony & Fall River Rail Road seal from 1854 stock certificate.The Pilgrim , of the Fall River Line. Operated by the Old Colony Railroad Company. 1870 Notice for Old Colony & Newport Railway. The Old Colony Railroad (OC) was a major railroad. System, mainly covering southeastern Massachusetts. And parts of Rhode Island. Which operated from 1845 to 1893.
Old Colony trains ran from Boston. To points such as Plymouth. For many years the Old Colony Railroad Company also operated steamboat and ferry lines, including those of the Fall River Line.With express train service from Boston to its wharf in Fall River where passengers boarded luxury liners to New York City. The company also briefly operated a railroad line on Martha's Vineyard. The OC was named after the "Old Colony", the nickname for the Plymouth Colony. From 1845 to 1893, the OC network grew extensively largely through a series of mergers and acquisitions. With other established railroads, until it was itself acquired by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Under lease agreement on March 1, 1893 for its entire 617-mile (993 km) network. After this date, all trains, lines, and stations became known as the "Old Colony Division" of the huge "New Haven" system.
Passenger service on the New Haven's Old Colony Division ended in 1959, except for the main line. Between Boston and Providence, which continues to be used for passenger service by Amtrak. Since 1997, other former OC lines have been reopened to passenger service, including the MBTA's Old Colony Lines. With service from Boston to Plymouth and Middleborough/Lakeville. In 2007, MBTA passenger service was restored on the Greenbush Line.
The MBTA currently has plans to also restore passenger service to Fall River and New Bedford as part of the South Coast Rail. And other short line railroads.
Including the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad. Which operates on Cape Cod and in southeastern Massachusetts. Parts of the former OC on Cape Cod are also still used to operate the Cape Cod Central Railroad. During the summer and fall months. Another tourist railroad, the Old Colony and Newport Scenic Railway.
Operates on part of the former OC from Newport on Aquidneck Island. Several abandoned portions of the OC have been converted into multi-use rail trails. These include the East Bay Bike Path. As well as others in Lowell, Mansfield. And the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
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