Friday Flash Hike Five miler hiking the Becket Section of the Huckleberry Trolley Line. Hiking the 5 mile section, there was much to be found. Route 20 at Worden’s Corners, did you know you were driving over the original 1912 arch trolley bridge? Even the cream colored side is original, however the tunnel was filled in most likely to reinforce it structurally. Looking inside the tunnel that remains are the concrete form lines, clearly visable, also amazingly the concrete is in good shape! Coming to the bridge from the East the arch is non existant, completely covered by earth. The trolley bed on both sides is water filled but obvious.
Berkshire Railway…Construction of the East Lee-Huntington route, popularly known as the “Huckleberry Line” because of the abundance of that wild berry in the area, cost some $3 million and represented a triumph of engineering skill. Thousands of tons of earth had to be excavated by steam shovel or by hand and hauled away in dump cars pulled by a steam locomotive. And then the gravel for the roadbed and later for ballast had to be brought in. There were numerous deep cuts and long fills, some of the latter being constructed on a stone base, and a large number of bridges and culverts. Entering Becket, the tracks ran along the south shore of Green Water Pond to another state highway crossing and then the line cut across country to Worden’s Corners, 8 miles from East Lee.
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