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The Mass Central Rail Trail through the years
Hand-drawn maps from the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society.
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1920: The height of railroad operations.
1975: When it still had some segments still running as a railroad, but much had been formally abandoned or at least dormant.
1997: When several sections had begun to be converted to a rail trail--either paved or stone-dust. Several segments were proposed and not yet built and some proposed segments were voted down at the municipal level in the late 1990s.
2007: As it continued to knit together, slowly but surely.
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