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Abandonment Notices

The following abandonment notices are digital files made from originals in the B&MRRHS Archives by Mr. David D. Ashenden and Rick Kfoury. These documents provide great insight into the railroad politics surrounding abandonment of these lines, the reactions of communities and customers, physical characteristics of the lines in question, and final dates of service. The list is given first in chronological order and then in alphabetical order. THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY A WORK IN PROGRESS.

1921 - Waumbek Branch

1924 - Suncook Valley

1925 - Acton Branch

1925 - Essex Lines

1925 - Lawrence Branch (Portland Div.)

1925 - Lowell-Salem Branches - in part

1925 - Nashua & Acton

1925 - Newburyport Branch-B

1925 - Newburyport Branch-C

1925 - South Reading Branch - Dist

1925 - South Reading Branch

1926 - Bethlehem Branch

1926 - Essex Branch - Exceptions

1926 - Kennebunkport Branch

1926 - Lawrence Branch (Portland Div.) - in part - Tariff Notice

1926 - Manchester & Milford Branch

1927 - Reformatory - North Billerica, Essex, and Ashburnham Branches

1934 - Dover Point Bridge

1934 - Lakeport Branch: Alton - Lily Pond

1934 - New Boston Branch

1935 - Hooksett

1935 - Worcester, Nashua & Portland: Hudson - Fremont

1935 - Lakeport Branch: Alton - Lily Pond (amended)

1935 - Suncook Loop-bridge

1936 - Ashburnham Branch

1936 - Bristol Branch

1936 - Concord & Claremont Branch (Proposed)

1936 - Lowell Branch: Lowell - Wamesit Station (Tewksbury)

1936 - Lowell Branch: Lowell - Wamesit

1936 - North Weare Branch: Goffstown - Henniker Junction

1938 - Fabyan Branch

1938 - Milford Branch: Pepperell - South Milford

1938 - Central Massachusetts Branch: Oakdale - Wheelwright

1938 - Salem Branch

1938 - Salem Branch A

1938 - Keene Branch: Keene - Coolridge Crossing (Hancock)

1939 - Keene Branch: Elmwood - Coolridge Crossing (Hancock)

1940 - Newburyport Branch

1941 - Central Massachusetts Branch: Forest Lake - Creamery

1941 - Central Massachusetts Branch: Norwottuck - Canal Junction

1941 - Conway Branch: Somersworth

1941 - Dover Branch

1941 - Franklin Junction - Franklin Falls

1941 - Worcester, Nashua & Portland: Hollis Depot - Nashua

1941 - Lancaster

1941 - Milford Branch: Squannacook Jct. - Pepperell

1941 - Newburyport Branch-A

1941 - Newburyport Branch-B

1941 - Newburyport Branch-B-1

1942 - Reformatory Branch: Bedford - Concord

1942 - Lakeport Branch: Dover - Gonic

1942 - Essex Branch-A

1942 - Essex Branch-B

1942 - Essex Branch-C

1942 - Lakeport Branch: Farmington - Alton

1942 - Lakeport Branch: Dover - Gonic

1942 - Milford Branch: Milford - End of Line

1942 - Milford Branch: Portion

1942 - Worcester, Nashua & Portland: Nashua - Hudson

1942 - Worcester & Contoocook Branch: Peterborough - Elmwood

1942 - Reformatory Branch

1942 - Suncook Loop

1943 - Hudson - Maynard

1943 - Eastern Route: Saco - Rigby

1944 - Eastern Route: North Berwick - Biddeford

1946 - Finance Docket 14430

1952 - Eastern Route: Kittery - North Berwick

1960 - Claremont & Concord: Garrison - Contoocook

1972 - Peterboro Branch: Jaffrey - Peterborough

1976 - Portsmouth Branch: East Manchester - Newfields (Abandonment petition hearing, second day)

1976 - Portsmouth Branch: East Manchester - Newfields (Abandonment petition hearing, third day)

1979 - Hillsboro Branch (Bennington - Hillsboro), Greenville Branch (Townsend - Greenville)

1979 - Portsmouth Branch: East Manchester - Newfields (Abandonment petition hearing)

1979 - South Ashburnham, MA to Jaffrey, NH (De-Listing from Planned Abandonments)

1980 - System Map - A

1980 - System Map - B

1982 - Cheshire Branch: Winchendon - Swanzey (Concerning Unauthorized Track Removal)

1982 - Hollis Branch

1982 - Portsmouth Branch: East Manchester - Newfields (Abandonment proceedings 1980-1982)

1983 - Ashuelot and Fort Hill Branches

1983 - Greenville Branch (Groton - Townsend), Manchester & Lawrence Branch (North Salem - Derry)

1984 - Cheshire Branch: Cold River - VT Border

1984 - Monadnock Branch

1991 - Lexington Branch

2016 - Abandonment Notice--Northern Main Line--Concord to Boscawen, Sept. 2, 2016