Quabbin's Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene  Volume 1 Independent years 1869-80
Quabbin's Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene  Volume 1 Independent years 1869-80
Quabbin's Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene  Volume 1 Independent years 1869-80
Quabbin's Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene  Volume 1 Independent years 1869-80
Quabbin's Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene  Volume 1 Independent years 1869-80

Quabbin's Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene Volume 1 Independent years 1869-80

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Quabbin's Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene Volume 1 Independent years 1869-80
 
Quabbins Railroad: the Rabbit by J R Greene  Volume 1 The Independent years 1869-1880
Soft Cover
Copyright 2002  
108 pages Indexed.

Contents
Preface4
Introduction 5
Part I: PRELIMINARIES AND FORMATION
Chapter One: The First Attempts to Build a Railroad6
Chapter Two: Putting the Project Through 12
Chapter Three: Uncle Willis Builds Another One20
PART II: THE SPRINGFIELD, ATHOL, AND NORTHEASTERN
Chapter Four: The Road from Something to Nothing30
Chapter Five: Laying Track Along a Crooked Route42
Chapter Six: Along the Line55
Chapter Seven: Operation 63
Part III: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE INDEPENDENT LINE
Chapter Eight: The Decline of the Railroad 74
Chapter Nine: The Springfield & Northern RR82
Chapter Ten: Sold to the Boston & Albany89
Epilogue 92
APPENDICES
Financial Statements of the Railroad; Locomotive Roster96
Map Showing the Route of the Springfield, Athol & New England RR97
Sources98
Footnotes 100
Index103

PREFACE
After over a quarter century of serious interest in the Quabbin Reservoir, and the towns it flooded, this writer has noted that no history of the Rabbit Line has been published. To fill the gap, the resulting work is presented here, anticipating the approval of both railfans and Quabbin history buffs.
This story has been split into more than one volume for several reasons. One was that the eventful earlier history of the independent line was much more "political" than its later years as a branch line of a major system, requiring much explanation of some events. Another was to allow for the many more illustrations of motive power, depots, and activities from the later years to be fit into a later volume. The volumes are meant to be read and understood separately, if the reader chooses to obtain only one.
This writer has written a book, a pamphlet, and several articles on the subject of railroad history. Although a casual railfan, the only railroad memorabilia collected over the years have been paper items related to the Fitchburg-B & M line in Athol, and those related to the "Rabbit Line" in connection with an interest in the history of the Swift River valley and Quabbin Reservoir. The latter interest has produced ten books, two atlases, articles, and several annual pictorial historical calendars (many of which included a different "Rabbit Line" depot) on the subject.
Not being a fan of the technical aspects of railroading, the author is not disposed to get very far into the detailed mechanical aspects of the subject, such as complete details of all the engines and rolling stock used on the line. Some of this information is not available, due to the line's records not being known to exist. This work is intended to be a more general history, hopefully appealing to the Quabbin history buff as well as the railfan. The author's natural orientation toward the northern and more interesting "Quabbin" end of the line (along with better local newspaper coverage) will explain the fewer details about the southern end in this book.

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