Trail clearing: First step accomplished

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Harry clearing an oak top that landed in the middle of the trail

The first of many steps in opening the Mass Central Rail Trail from the former New Braintree Train Station to Wheelwright was accomplished on Saturday, April 6th.  Thanks to a dedicated crew that deployed four chain saws and many hands to throw the brush and trees off the trail. This section of trail hasn’t been cleared in many years, maybe since the trains stopped in the 1970’s. Recent ice and snow storms significantly added to the number of trees down or damaged along this stretch.

By clearing off the debris, the railroad ties can be removed opening up access to begin bridge repairs. This trail section will remain closed until all repairs are completed, with an anticipated completion date of late summer 2014.

Part of the rail trail crew that helped clear debris from the trail. Thanks to Harry, Mark, Renee, Gary, Jeff, and Denis. Other helpers included Janice, Denise, Erin and Cynthia.