Shipyard railroad receives grant for track upgrades

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QUINCY, Mass. – The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has awarded a $500,000 grant to the 2.7-mile Fore River Railroad to realign mainline tracks and improve rail capacity into the Fore River Shipyard. The grant was awarded as part of a package of nearly $2 million in public grants and $1.7 million in private funding aimed at bolstering rail transportation in the state. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced the grant Monday.

The Fore River Railroad runs from Quincy Point to the Greenbush Commuter Line in Braintree and is used to ship fertilizer made from sewage for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and fatty acids for the Twin Rivers Technologies manufacturing plant.

Thomas Watson – an assistant to telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell – built the railroad in 1902 to haul supplies to his shipyard on Quincy Point.
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