Greenbush Line

Greenbush Line

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Greenbush Line

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The Greenbush Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system. The line restores service along the New Haven Railroad's Greenbush Branch, from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the towns of Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset, and Scituate on the South Shore of Boston. Prior to 2007, the last passenger trains to use this branch of the Old Colony Railroad ran in 1959.

The MBTA has since restored service, beginning on October 31, 2007.

The station stops along the Greenbush Line are: South Station, JFK/UMass, Quincy Center, Weymouth Landing, East Weymouth, West Hingham, Nantasket Junction, Cohasset, North Scituate and Greenbush.

History

Before passenger train service stopped in 1959, commuter trains had been using parts of the Greenbush line for over 100 years. Train service was first started by the South Shore Railroad which built tracks from Braintree to Cohasset in 1849 on which trains ran operated by the Old Colony Railroad. In 1867 expansion of the line south of Cohasset was started eventually extending to Kingston in 1874. In March 1893 most of the lines of the Old Colony Railroad, including Greenbush, were taken over by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Under the control of the New Haven Railroad the rail lines set all-time records for number of passengers. The popularity of the train was short-lived, however. Cutbacks in service due to World War I were not restored afterwards due to the increasing popularity of the...
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