The railroad — the Grafton-Upton line — crosses in front of the Unitarian church on Grafton Commons. The tracks pass the church just a few feet from its front door then cross Main Street and move off into the woods. The tracks are so close to the church you have to walk on them as if they were a sidewalk to get from the back to the front of the church. When the train ran more often, it must have shaken the entire church when it passed by. That was when the train was an important part of the life of the town and the valley.
Now, of course, the train runs but once a week … a mere memory of what was when the Blackstone Valley was a major hub of industry in America.
- Abandoned Along the Tracks (teepee12.com)
- By Train Through the Valley… Photos by Owen Kraus (teepee12.com)