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November 19, 2010

Rail-trail work to pick up steam in December


Danvers Electric will supply this stone to the project because of its interest in keeping the rail trail open so its crews can get to power lines. The last mile or so north from Wenham Street to the Wenham line will be done in the spring. Iron Horse expects to get a donation of recycled crushed stone from the MBTA.

Last night's gathering featured a history of the former Boston and Maine railroad by train buff Alden Goodnow. Curtis showed a series of slides that showed the trail's progress over the summer and fall.

While some residents of a condominium complex along the trail are concerned about a loss of privacy, the audience last night seemed glad about having a trail in their backyard.

Suzanne Kaplan, who lives on a dirt road called Pickering Place, off Pickering Street, said her property is pretty close to the rail trail.

"I'm looking forward to it," Kaplan said. "It's a nice idea. I'm glad it's almost done."

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673 or

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