Boys Basketball: Medfield 77; Holliston 51
HAPPY HANUKKAH
Winter Parking Ban in Effect - No Street Parking Between 1 AM to 5 AM
Fiske's No Kid Shopping, each Tues. & Wed. 6-9 pm till Xmas
8 Arch Bridge will be closed as of December 1, 2017 until Spring 2018

Waushakum Live Steamers Take to the Tracks

by Paul Saulnier
July 21, 2017

A ride on the Waushakum train is truly Fun For All Ages.

Take a ride on the Waushakum Steam Line in the video above.

As visitors wait for the next train to return, they can look through the clothes and memorabilia for sale by the Steamers while members answer questions about the ride which is about half a mile long throught the woods, under overpasses and through tunnels.

When you are next in line and certain to get on the next train, it's smiles all around.

"All aboard" shouts the conductor. The engineer blows the steam whistle and we're off. I mentioned that this was just like a real train and he told me in no uncertain terms: "It is a real train". Sorry.

Several engines were running throughout the day so the the next train was never more than a few minutes away.

This young lady was treated to two trips around the track on this member's train because "she had a good camera and looked like a professional" he said. I had a digital camera and a video camera but he didn't offer me a ride.

Above, many members were testing their own engines on a separate track during the day.

Above, Joe from Needham said he was the youngest member ever to join the Steamers and that was 40 years ago. He talks about the hobby and the good old days in the video  https://youtu.be/T_5K-Og3J84

Daniel Temple, above, has been a member for five years. He showed me around the area where members work on their trains between runs. He talks about trains, large and small in this short video: .https://youtu.be/7w7Uuay61WQ

President Jim O'Brien kept busy all day making sure the event ran smoothly, both on and off the track.

 

E-mail This Article

Comments (4)

the next open house is: August appears to be August 27, 2017 according to their web site: http://www.waushakumlivesteamers.org/events/

- Paul Saulnier | 7/24/17 7:31 PM

Their website has a calendar of events http://www.waushakumlivesteamers.org/events/

- John Coffey | 7/24/17 7:14 PM

Is there a schedule of when the Waushakum Steamers railroad is open to the public?

- John Losch | 7/24/17 6:04 PM

We did this on New Year's Day a couple of years ago with my grandaughter. She was 3 and loved every minute. All of the members were so kind and attentive to everyone.. It is a great experience for young and older.....

- Terry | 7/21/17 6:27 PM

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Articles by Paul Saulnier:

Henry David Thoreau Remembered at the Holliston Historical Society

History has been a mixed bag for Thoreau. Outcast. Eccentric. Environmentalist.

1

Continue ...

Police Log for Week of December 3 - 9, 2017

Five warmup crashes plus HR's own ambulance chaser before Saturday's poor driving conditions.

1

Continue ...

Framingham Union Aid Association Announces 2018 Grant Program

Continue ...

Hometown Auto Has Served Holliston for the Last 12 Years

Hometown Automotive's Service Center is located at 439 Washington Street, next to Dunkin Donuts.

Continue ...

Police Log for Week of November 26 - December 2, 2017

If you are the victim of identity theft and call the Police, who do you say is calling? HPD collecting now through December 15, 2017

1

Continue ...

Advertisement

Recent Articles in Local Lore:

Holliston Reporter Announces 2017 Outstanding Achievers

by Bobby Blair & Paul Saulnier

1

Continue ...

Henry David Thoreau Remembered at the Holliston Historical Society

by Paul Saulnier

History has been a mixed bag for Thoreau. Outcast. Eccentric. Environmentalist.

1

Continue ...

Boy Scout Troop 76 Annual Christmas Tree Disposal

by Press Release

$10 for trees over 6 ft tall

Continue ...

A Crash Course in Car Crashes

by From the Publisher's Desk

Let science show you how to skip your next roadway disaster. Abbreviated version of an article by Steve Casner Car crashes are mysteries. Even though roughly 6 million of them happen each year in the United States alone, we seldom learn much.

1

Continue ...

First Night on the Rail Trail

by Press Release

The Friends of Holliston Trails is excited to host the 5th Annual First Night Trail Walk on December 31st from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. For those who are new to town, fire pits light the trail from Blair Square and Cross Street to Phipps Tunnel. Friendly fire pit hosts chat with walkers and offer a source of warmth during your stroll. To make this event the best yet, the Friends of the Holliston Trails are still in need of additional fire pit hosts. It's an easy task and a lot of fun. For more information please contact Erica Foster ( ericafoster20@gmail.com ).

Continue ...

Advertisement