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Old 01-02-17, 06:25 PM   #1
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Reformatory Branch Trail Concord to Arlington

33 - 38 degrees, 26.4 miles round trip. 1st ride on the studs. eastern half on the Minuteman was dry but western half def needed the studs







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Is that an abandoned railroad right of way? If so, I find the name interesting because I work for a freight railroad and we have a track we call the "Reformatory Industrial Track."
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I used to live in Arlington; that's a nice ride for sure.
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Is that an abandoned railroad right of way? If so, I find the name interesting because I work for a freight railroad and we have a track we call the "Reformatory Industrial Track."
yes it is. but must be some common denominator to the railroad's use of the word reformatory, huh? (maybe the State Prison is the clue?)

excerpt: "Bedford is host to three rail-trails: the 11- mile Minuteman Bikeway to West Cambridge, the 3-mile Narrow-Gauge RailTrail to the Billerica town line, and the 4-mile Reformatory Branch Trail to Concord Center. This guide covers the latter. The Boston & Maine Railroad s Reformatory Branch was built in 1873 to Lowell Road in Concord and in 1879 it was continued 2.5 miles further west to Reformatory Station (across from the State Prison). There were four passenger stations on the line: Shady Hill, West Bedford, Concord and Reformatory. The branch was abandoned in 1962, and the right-of-way was purchased by Bedford and Concord"

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I used to live in Arlington; that's a nice ride for sure.
I wish the whole stretch from Concord to Arlington was a meandering dirt trail. I prefer to gear up (bike & attire) for one type of trail or another. I think I got some "looks" from city folk as if they were eyeballing the country bumpkin from the sticks venturing too far east. my noisy studs got looks fer sher when I hit dry pavement
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yes it is. but must be some common denominator to the railroad's use of the word reformatory, huh? (maybe the State Prison is the clue?)

Likely. It's not uncommon to use the names of landmarks or even major customers to name tracks. For example, we used to own a track that served a Stroh's brewery, so it was known familiarly as the "Stroh's Industrial Track."


There was like a "reformatory" (as they used to call them) at or near the end of the branch, or at least along the way.
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ran this again today but added miles from home (Stowish) cuz I didn't drive the bike to the trailhead. 41+ miles round trip but I should start this ride before 12:45pm this time of year to get home before dark. the spot where the tree crushed the Great meadows trail sign has been cleaned up except for some firewood
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