Today in Transportation History – 1848: Escape to the Cape!


Transportation History

In southeastern Massachusetts, the first segment of the Cape Cod Branch Railroad was opened. This 14.7-mile (23.7-kilometer) section was built between the towns of Middleborough and Wareham in Plymouth County. By that May, an additional 12.9 miles (20.8 kilometers) of the railroad had been extended to the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod (conterminous with Barnstable County). “The main track is now completed, and in good running order, and well equipped,” noted the Cape Cod Branch Railroad Company in its annual report to the Massachusetts General Court (state legislature) early the following year.

The railroad had been incorporated in 1846. It was built to provide a link with the Fall River Railroad, which connected the towns of Fall River in Bristol County and South Braintree in the Boston area via Middleborough. The Old Colony Railroad, in turn, served as a link between South Braintree and Boston. The Cape Cod Branch…

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