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Stoneham Branch Line

The Stoneham Branch line opened on of the main Boston & Lowell railroad in July of 1863.  The line carried passengers for 95 years before ending passenger service in 1958.  The branch line continued to carry some periodic commercial traffic for another 20 years before being closed.  The railroad right-of-way is now scheduled to become a primary part of the Tri-Community Greenway, running from the terminus of the branch line in Stoneham to Woburn and down into Winchester, where one leg will go to Horn Pond and the main trail will continue to Wedgemere Station.  
Stoneham Branch line, 1953
The Stoneham Branch Line used steam for almost it's entire history.  The photo on the left shows a Branch line train in 1953, the last year steam was in use on the line.