(Counted cross stitch done by my daughter Deb)
Martha’s Vineyard has an airport and it certainly has its share of cars. But did you know there once was a railroad on the Vineyard? In the the book: The History of Martha’s Vineyard by Arthur R Railton, you’ll find that indeed there was one, the Martha’s Vineyard Railroad.
It was built in 1874 and ran along the beach from Oak Bluffs to Katama. Storms often washed the tracks out and expensive repairs were needed. It had its share of problems and eventually in 1900 the bankrupt railroad stopped running.
There was actually another railroad that’s sort of connected to MV. The old New York/New Haven/Hartford railroad. Its Old Colony line used to go all the way to Woods Hole. The station was located where the parking lot for the ferry is today.
May 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Very interesting. Too bad it’s not still there. It sounds like it would have been a wonderful ride.