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December 19, 2013

Train wheel benches grace Danvers Rail Trail

DANVERS — You can thank Danvers High senior and Eagle Scout Tim Jordan for those three train wheel benches that appeared along the rail trail earlier this year.

It was Tim, 18, who came up with the idea of using old train wheels and axles as benches to capture the historical essence of the Danvers Rail Trail, which was completed earlier this year.

The base of the benches, which weigh 2,500 pounds each, are made from wheels and axles Tim and his father, Ed, procured from Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway earlier this year.

“These wheels came right off one of those old trains,” Tim said.

With the help of his father, the owner of Metallic Fusion, a high-quality commercial welding company on Mill Street, and others, Tim had the benches built and installed, at no cost to the town, along the Danvers Rail Trail at the end of the summer.

“I think Timmy basically got the idea; he wanted to do something historic for the rail trail,” Ed said.

The effort was part of Tim’s Eagle Scout project, and Ed said his son recently got word that he was officially an Eagle Scout.

Senior Planner Kate Day said Tim came to the Rail Trail Advisory Committee looking to install benches along the rail trail.

In August, when he sent a photo of the completed benches, the committee was floored by how good they looked.

“I don’t think we had any sense how grand his vision was on this,” Day said.

Day said the benches have won rave reviews from users of the 4.3-mile rail trail, with some wondering what the circular black base of the benches are made of. This even sparked speculation on the rail trail’s Facebook page. Others connected with regional rail trails have been swooning over them, Day said.

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