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The Boston, Revere Beach, and Lynn Railroad

ARTHUR GRIFFIN/ GLOBE STAFF

On Jan. 27, 1940, the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad ended its service after 65 years

of moving passengers along the coastline. It was a narrow gauge railroad, meaning the track was smaller than standard. A ferry transported people from Rowes Wharf to the East Boston station,

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where smaller trains moved many to the seaside resorts in Revere. As the popularity

of automobiles increased, ridership declined, and the railroad filed for bankruptcy.

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In this photo, taken Dec. 10, 1939, a BRB&L train made its way through the small tunnel

just outside the East Boston Terminal. The train’s interior lights stayed on in the tunnels to keep “spooners from spooning,” as a Boston Globe article referred to possibly romantic couples aboard.

Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

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