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From the Archives

The Boston, Revere Beach, and Lynn Railroad


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,

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.

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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