October 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Open Space committee member, George Anderson, for a historic walk along the paved rail bed trail in Rockland. This trail was restored by Iron Horse Preservation, which converts abandoned railroad tracks into usable recreational trails for communities around the nation at no cost. This walking trail is maintained by the dedicated work of volunteers and the open space committee. The walk will explore a 1-mile Rockland section of the 7.8 mile long abandoned Hanover Branch line. The walk will take you to Hanover and back (2 miles) and will take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. The rail trail follows the former corridor of the Hanover Branch Line, built in the 1860s by E. Y. Perry, a Hanover businessman who produced tacks. The railroad originally ran between Hanover Four Corners and North Abington before becoming part of the Old Colony Line in 1887. In the 1940s and ’50s self-propelled Budd liners were used by the New Haven on the South Shore lines. The last passenger run out of the Rockland Station was New Year’s Eve 1952.
We will meet and park at the Robert J. Nyman Rockland Senior Center at 317 Plain Street.
This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required.