CAMP 10 A portable substation was set out at the top of the hill up out of Huntington, at “Camp 10,” and the cars went right up, with no trouble “same as on the level, but coming down was another matter. That first car over the line had been promptly condemned by the state inspector, who required that an extra air compressor and tank be installed for safety on the grade. This made it necessary to use two specially equipped cars on the line.

One of the projects we have been working on this winter is the Huckleberry Trolley Line, from Huntington to Lee; this short lived electric street railway ran thru the wild woods climbing Cooks Mountain from Huntington just about in front of Stanton Hall on Route 20 to where the Lee Big Y stands today. Hilltown farmers and industry alike fought hard for transportation in the mountains to open up routes to move their goods, even granite. The train and automobile era ended it abrubtly but not until after three million dollars was spent building the line. On this day, we hiked on the Blandford section, identifying stations and camps starting at Cochran Pond in Blandford. The line here runs about 3 miles from the pond to the Huntington Post Office where the Western Mass Street Railway went to Westfield but the tracks never connected! Look out for our complete report coming soon on photos by Liz and Karen Sikes McTaggart

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