Cochituate Rail Trail Slideshow (November 2006)
The Cochituate Rail Trail project began planning in 1997, with the formation of Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees in Framingham and Natick. The last train left at the end of 2005, and both towns are now negotiating with CSX (Natick), the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and MBTA (Framingham). Many related resources will be on or near this major trail project.
Topics: History; Discussion and Design; Trail-Clearing, Construction and Maintenance; Mainline views; Downtown Natick - Commuter Rail and Bicycle Parking; Snake Brook Trail; Natick Mall and spur line; Cochituate State Park; Pegan Cove Park; Saxonville; NSTAR Powerline 1-81; more to come?
Except as otherwise noted, this presentation and its contents are by A. Richard Miller and are copyrighted 2006 by Miller Microcomputer Services.

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050105CRTBridgeDeck1 So on a snowy January day in 2005, heavy equipment carefully removes the heavy debris.

So on a snowy January day in 2005, heavy equipment carefully removes the heavy debris.

050105CRTBridgeDeck2 A bucket with extra teeth takes a big bite...

A bucket with extra teeth takes a big bite...

050105CRTBridgeDeck3 ...and leaves two old bridges ready for new and trail-friendly decks. Those decks were expected in 2005, didn't make it in 2006, and will be EAGERLY expected in 2007! (The lumber  and a contractor have been awaiting approvals since 2003.)

...and leaves two old bridges ready for new and trail-friendly decks. Those decks were expected in 2005, didn't make it in 2006, and will be EAGERLY expected in 2007! (The lumber and a contractor have been awaiting approvals since 2003.)

saxtrain PART 6 - History.
The main railroad from Boston to Worcester (and later Albany, and California) reached Natick in 1832. In 1846, the Saxonville Branch RR extended from downtown Natick to the dam being built as part of the new Cochituate Reservoir (Boston's first public drinking-water reservoir) and to provide freight and passenger service to the great Saxonville Mills that would replace the smaller mills along Cochituate Brook.
Photo courtesy of the Framingham Historical Society.)

PART 6 - History. The main railroad from Boston to Worcester (and later Albany, and California) reached Natick in 1832. In 1846, the Saxonville Branch RR extended from downtown Natick to the dam being built as part of the new Cochituate Reservoir (Boston's first public drinking-water reservoir) and to provide freight and passenger service to the great Saxonville Mills that would replace the smaller mills along Cochituate Brook. Photo courtesy of the Framingham Historical Society.)

CSXSwitchAtLakeCochituate011118 Railroad passenger service ended soon after WW II, and the final freight left in late 2005 - eight years after Natick and Framingham began planning the Cochituate Rail Trail. ConRail ended service on the Framingham section in 2001 and sold it to MassPike and the MBTA. Framingham had been negotiating lease agreements with them. With the end of train traffic, Natick begins negotiations with the final railroad owner, CSX Inc.

Railroad passenger service ended soon after WW II, and the final freight left in late 2005 - eight years after Natick and Framingham began planning the Cochituate Rail Trail. ConRail ended service on the Framingham section in 2001 and sold it to MassPike and the MBTA. Framingham had been negotiating lease agreements with them. With the end of train traffic, Natick begins negotiations with the final railroad owner, CSX Inc.

040911NatickDays PART 7 - Events.
Every September since 2001, the Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has partnered with other Town committees at Natick Days to publicize the Cochituate Rall Trail and gather new volunteers. Here, a folding mountain bike hoisted high and raffled off.

PART 7 - Events. Every September since 2001, the Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has partnered with other Town committees at Natick Days to publicize the Cochituate Rall Trail and gather new volunteers. Here, a folding mountain bike hoisted high and raffled off.

040620TourDeNatick Since 2004, the Natick Rotary Club has sponsored the Tour de Natick. It attracts large numbers of bicyclists, removing any doubt about the pent-up demand for a good rail trail!

Since 2004, the Natick Rotary Club has sponsored the Tour de Natick. It attracts large numbers of bicyclists, removing any doubt about the pent-up demand for a good rail trail!

PeterHenryAtTourDeNatick040620 Peter Henry, an owner of Landry's Bicycles, provides free bike tune-ups before the Tour de Natick. Landry's is just one of many businesses that enthusiastically support good local rail trails.

Peter Henry, an owner of Landry's Bicycles, provides free bike tune-ups before the Tour de Natick. Landry's is just one of many businesses that enthusiastically support good local rail trails.

061019CRTTableAtEMS At a sale event, Eastern Mountain Sports hosts an exhibit and volunteer sign-up table for the Cochituate Rail Trail.

At a sale event, Eastern Mountain Sports hosts an exhibit and volunteer sign-up table for the Cochituate Rail Trail.

040612JillLeadsNatureWalk Many outdoor events are held every year along or close by the Cochituate Rail Trail. Here, Jill Miller explains natural history on a walk along the granite wall that kept silt out of the adjacent Cochituate Aqueduct Gate House, just north of Route 30 and the Snake Brook Trail.

Many outdoor events are held every year along or close by the Cochituate Rail Trail. Here, Jill Miller explains natural history on a walk along the granite wall that kept silt out of the adjacent Cochituate Aqueduct Gate House, just north of Route 30 and the Snake Brook Trail.

040609NatickMallROW PART 8 - Natick Mall.
In 2006 and 2007, Natick Mall is expanding to become the largest mall in New England. Looking across Speen Street from the new section (the old Wonderbread Plant), we see the old Wonderbread Spur Line heading downhill and east to meet the main CRT at Lake Cochituate.

PART 8 - Natick Mall. In 2006 and 2007, Natick Mall is expanding to become the largest mall in New England. Looking across Speen Street from the new section (the old Wonderbread Plant), we see the old Wonderbread Spur Line heading downhill and east to meet the main CRT at Lake Cochituate.

040424WonderbreadSpur In the same section in April 2004, you can see that the rails and ties were recently removed.

In the same section in April 2004, you can see that the rails and ties were recently removed.

060417SpeenStCrossingToNatickMall Looking back uphill, across Speen Street to the growing Neiman Marcus store at Natick Mall (April 2006). This is a likely place for a future separated-grade crossing.

Looking back uphill, across Speen Street to the growing Neiman Marcus store at Natick Mall (April 2006). This is a likely place for a future separated-grade crossing.

040422CourtyardHotel The Marriott Courtyard Hotel is on Speen Street, just north of Natick Mall. Many hotels and motels are within easy reach of the Cochituate Rail Trail.

The Marriott Courtyard Hotel is on Speen Street, just north of Natick Mall. Many hotels and motels are within easy reach of the Cochituate Rail Trail.

050528NSTARPowerline1-81 PART 9 - NSTAR Power Line 1-81.
Southeast of the Circuit City store in Natick, a great swath of open space someday will provide Framingham and West Natick with an alternate transportation link to Natick Mall and the Cochituate Rail Trail.

PART 9 - NSTAR Power Line 1-81. Southeast of the Circuit City store in Natick, a great swath of open space someday will provide Framingham and West Natick with an alternate transportation link to Natick Mall and the Cochituate Rail Trail.

040613RoxburyCarpet PART 10 - Saxonville.
The old Saxonville Mills that led the railroad  here in 1846, later became Roxbury Carpet Company. Now home to many smaller businesses, the old mills provide a historic focus to the northeast Framingham community of <a href=http://www.framingham.com/sax-walk/index.htm>Saxonville</a>.

PART 10 - Saxonville. The old Saxonville Mills that led the railroad here in 1846, later became Roxbury Carpet Company. Now home to many smaller businesses, the old mills provide a historic focus to the northeast Framingham community of Saxonville.

040613SaxonvilleDam Across the street,  Saxonville Dam once harnessed the Sudbury River to power the Saxonville Mills. Did you spot the blue heron?

Across the street, Saxonville Dam once harnessed the Sudbury River to power the Saxonville Mills. Did you spot the blue heron?

050514StairsAndRamp Also in Saxonville, at 500 Old Connecticut Path near the CRT, this combination of steps and a ramp shows the way to welcome bicycles and wheelchairs back to office buildings. Alternate transportation depends upon willing users, but also upon support from towns and businesses.

Also in Saxonville, at 500 Old Connecticut Path near the CRT, this combination of steps and a ramp shows the way to welcome bicycles and wheelchairs back to office buildings. Alternate transportation depends upon willing users, but also upon support from towns and businesses.

000924MorganBox The end of the tail; uh, tale (fur now).
For more information on the Cochituate Rail Trail, see:
<a href=http://www.millermicro.com/crt.html>http://www.millermicro.com/crt.html</a> -
<a href=http://www.crtrail.org/>http://www.crtrail.org/</a> -
<a href=http://www.millermicro.com/eventscalendar.html>http://www.millermicro.com/eventscalendar.html</a>
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This presentation is copyrighted 2006 by <a href=http://www.millermicro.com/>Miller Microcomputer Services</a>.

The end of the tail; uh, tale (fur now). For more information on the Cochituate Rail Trail, see: http://www.millermicro.com/crt.html - http://www.crtrail.org/ - http://www.millermicro.com/eventscalendar.html
This presentation is copyrighted 2006 by Miller Microcomputer Services.




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