Far-Out Island Railroad Nantucket’s Old Summer Narrow Gauge by Clay Lancaster
Far-Out Island Railroad Nantucket’s Old Summer Narrow Gauge by Clay Lancaster
Far-Out Island Railroad Nantucket’s Old Summer Narrow Gauge by Clay Lancaster
Far-Out Island Railroad Nantucket’s Old Summer Narrow Gauge by Clay Lancaster
Far-Out Island Railroad Nantucket’s Old Summer Narrow Gauge by Clay Lancaster

Far-Out Island Railroad Nantucket’s Old Summer Narrow Gauge by Clay Lancaster

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Copyright 1972
135 pages


Nantucket's Old Summer Narrow-Gauge By Clay Lancaster
Preface Xi
List Of Illustrations  Xiii
I.The Nantucket Railroad Company - 1879  1
Ii. A Year Of Great Expectations - 1880  9
Iii. A Train To The South Shore - 1881  15
Iv. The Surfside Land Bonanza - 1882 25
V.The Surfside Hotel - 1883  33
Vi. Completion Of The Line To Siasconset - 1884 39
Vii. The Two-Trains Island - 1885  47
Viii. Chugging Through The Late Eighties - 1886-1889 53
Ix. Horse Cars And The Electric Threat - 1890s  59
X. Off The Tracks And On The Rocks - 1890-1894  67
Xi. The New Nantucket Central Railroad - 1895-1899 73
Xii. The Iron Horse Versus The Horseless Carriage -1900-1906  79
Xiii. The Macy Syndicate Innovations - 1907-1908  87
Xiv. A New Road And New Rolling Stock- 1909-1912  97
Xv. The Bug, The Horsemobile And Tom Never's Head - 1913-1916  107
Xvi. Into The Holocaust Of War - 1917-1918  115

"All I know is what I read in the newspapers", declared Will Rogers many times, twirling his lasso in the Ziegfeld Follies and expounding witticisms on government and the news in general. Similarly I might say that all I know about the Nantucket Railroad is what I have found in the two island weeklies, the Inquirer and Mirror and the Nantucket Journal, for the period during which the railroad and the periodicals (the Nantucket Journal ceased to be published in 1899) existed.
These written records are amplified by an extensive array of photographs. By far the largest collection is that owned by Mrs. David Gray, who kindly allowed the author to make camera copies of a selection of his own choosing. From these were made the greater number of drawings used as illustrations in this book. Mrs. Gray also owns the bell of the Dionis, acquired by Mr. Gray from the Nantucket Historical Association (see next to last paragraph in Chapter Sixteen) in exchange for certain historical memorabilia.
Exceptions to this source for drawing the illustrations include the end papers, sketched from a photograph made in 1902 from South Tower and reproduced in H. B. Turner's Nantucket Argument Settlers (1966, facing p. 80); the route of the first proposed railroad of 1879, taken from a contemporary map belonging to Mrs. Henry Coffin Carlisle; the route of the railroad through Nantucket Town, compiled from various maps and descriptions, including a diagram in the 2 December 1907 issue of the Inquirer and Mirror; the Surfside Hotel, derived from a line cut in the 16 June 1883 edition of the same newspaper; the "bobtailed" horse car, based on a photograph in the previously mentioned Argument Settlers (facing p. 96); and the insert sketch of "the Bug" and gasoline rail car Nantucket, from plates in the 30 November 1907 and 27 June 1908 issues of the Inquirer and Mirror.
In addition to accounts, maps, photographs and Dionis' bell, there are a few recycled remnants of the Nantucket Railroad left on the island. The closed passenger coach, brought over in 1885, left behind without wheels in 1918, was set on foundations and became The Pullman of Mr. Eugene S. Burgess, later (Fred L.) Allen's Diner and eventually the bar of The Club Car on lower Main opposite Candle Street. The depot on Steamboat Wharf was shifted from its last position serving the railroad and converted into the former Choo-Choo Inn at the corner of Easy and Broad Street. Two doors away, The Skipper, built in 1890 as the Inquirer and Mirror office on Milk Street, was moved to this site in 1900 to shelter Covil and Pease's merry-go-round, and as such is shown on the end papers. It later became a laundry and eventually a restaurant. The porch of the old depot was affixed to a shack on Washington Street below the base of Commercial Wharf. This modest building bears a placard proclaiming its former use as a (way) station on the railroad. It may have come from nearby or from Tom Never's Head. The depot at Siasconset was incorporated in the Moby Dick Inn, which burned. Salvaged parts went into the house built by Mr. William Broughton on New Street in the village. The curve of the bulkhead at Steamboat Wharf, the causeway over Goose Pond, and portions of the grade at Tom Never's Head still are clearly discernible, and less apparent stretches of the road may be found elsewhere. Mr. Robert F. Mooney has a handsome copper station lantern. Sections of the steel rails are preserved by Messrs. Albert L. Silva and H. Mitchell Havemeyer, and rusty


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