Worcester, Nashua, and Portland Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad
west of Windham Depot to West Windham. (abandoned 1935)
Photos taken May 1, 1999 by Bill Gardei
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My notes...
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photo facing from                         condition
  1E,2W     Beacon Hill N of East Nashua Rd            usable trail
  3E,4W     S end of Haskell Rd (not Blueberry)        wet trail
  5E,6W     between Blueberry and Haskell cul-de-sacs  usable trail
            (note fallen tree)
  7E,8W     Londonderry N of Fern (depressed grade)    wet trail
  9E,10W    N of Nashua Rd at basketball/tennis cts    drivable trail
  11N,12N   Roadbed north of pond showing culverts     dry trail
  13E       from severed end at Old Mill Rd.           dry trail
  14W       looking down from severed end              trail ends
            must have had overpass
  15W       from Old Mill showing removed grade        grade missing
  16N       overgrown roadbed N of Nashua Rd           heavy overgrowth
  17E       W end of Nashua Rd                         heavy overgrowth
  18W       crossing Kendall Pond E of Magnolia        rough trail
  19E       crossing Anderson S of Kendall Pond        rough trail
            can see old ballast
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Other notes : Only one residence close to or on grade near rt 111/128.
  Map from page 84, "New Hampshire City and Town Atlas" 1997 edition
  Hartnett House Map Publishers, Freeport, ME.
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The abandoned railroad grade is drawn on the map in brown. The following photos are from east to west along the line.
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Looking east from Beacon Hill Road toward I93. The trail is quite passable at this point.
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Looking west from Beacon Hill Road, The grade seems to go quite some distance.
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The roadbed follows on the north side of a brook. At the south end of Haskell Road, looking east, the brook becomes a small pond. The grade is actually below the water level at this point.
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Looking west from Haskell Road.
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From the woods between the Haskell Road and the Blueberry Road cul-de-sacs facing east. The grade is used but in varying condition.
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To the west between the Haskell Road and Blueberry Road cul-de-sacs. Note the fallen tree across the roadbed.
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At Londonderry Road north of Fern Street looking East. Standing water makes for a wet and muddy ATV trail.
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Looking west from Londonderry Road. Earlier this week this was nothing but mud. Because there was no rain for a couple weeks, the mud has since dried up.
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North of Nashua Road looking east. The grade is drivable in any type of vehicle as it snakes around a basketball and tennis court.
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Looking west from the tennis and basketball courts, the roadbed is used for access to the parking areas around the courts.
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One of the most scenic places along the route, the railroad grade can be seen winding around the north side of a large pond north of Nashua Road. Note the culverts under the grade.
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At the Old Mill Road, the trail changes dramatically. (looking east). At this point, the roadbed is high above Old Mill Road. Here it is severed, and from here west, a large section of fill was removed.
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The foot trail drops down from the severed end of the old roadbed. Here we are looking west at Old Mill Road.
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Looking west across Old Mill Road north of Nashua Road. A large section of fill is missing. You can see the grade continue in the distance.
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From here west, the old railroad grade is at it's worst. It is heavily overgrown with large trees. The path is barely hikable. This photo is looking north from Nashua Road.
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At the west end of Nashua Road (looking east), the roadbed is about two to three feet above the road level. Here the grade is severed at the eastern Kendall Pond road crossing.
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This is the western Kendall Pond Road crossing looking southwest. The grade is once again a trail, though only good for hiking and maybe dirt-biking at this point.
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Looking east, The grade crosses Anderson Road, south of Kendall Pond Road. A plow has scraped away some topsoil exposing ancient ballast. Just southwest of here, the grade becomes less obvious, and joins route 111 at the northest corner of the route 128 intersection.
It can be seen following route 111 on the south side for a short distance beyond the intersection. But west of there, route 111 has taken over use of the railbed.
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