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Brockton, MA Railroad Bridge System

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Real Estate Agent with Success! Real Estate

This blog could be filed under 'Agent with too much time on his hands.'  The fact is that there is a lot of history in these old New England cities.  Around the turn of the 20th century a group of engineers were brought into this bustling shoe manufacturing city of nearly 100,000.  Their mission was to design a rail system that would expidite the transportation of output from the many factories.

     The result of their labor was a rail line that ran the length of the city, including through the center.  At no point, however, did any vehicles ever have to stop for,or cross railroad tracks. Close to a dozen points of the north to south rail line that intersected the east to west street traffic were designed so that one passed over, or under, the other.  Most of the original bridgework is still in place, modified only to accomodate the advances in the automobile industry.

     It's easy to point out to new homebuyers that Brockton was the hometown of Rocky Marciano, the only undefeated World Heavyeight Champion (49-0), and that Marvin Hagler held the Middlewieght belt for many years, or that more than half of the combat boots worn by American soldiers in WW1 were manufactured here.  Good schools, parks and other recreational and civic benefits are always explained. but they always check out my railroad story.  More than once, during follow up visits, clients will tell me that they noticed it because they thought I was making it up.    

 

Lori Lincoln And Associates
Top Agent Serving Dighton Taunton, Rehoboth and more! - Taunton, MA
Top Agent Taunton,Dighton Rehoboth &more

Dan,

You should definitely do more blogging. You have such a great sense of humor! Keep using it.. it sets you apart from those who don't have "wit".

Jul 13, 2008 02:12 PM
Anonymous
andy

Dan,

This is beacuse, Brockton was the first city to abolish (train) "grade crossings" way bcak in 1896. However if you were to travel to the area of the original campello station you will notice a few cobble stone passageways acroos the tracks.

Andy

Feb 25, 2010 05:32 PM
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Dan Derito
Success! Real Estate - Brockton, MA

Great point Andy.  I do remember those.

Feb 26, 2010 05:43 AM