Saturday, November 13, 2010

Middleboro Jones & family take a ride on the Edaville Railroad to see the Christmas Festival of Lights in Carver, MA

For many of us who have been raised all our lives in Southeastern New England, no Christmas season would be complete without a trip to Edaville Railroad. It has been a Christmas tradition for a generation or more.

The Edaville Railroad is a heritage railroad in South Carver, Massachusetts.

Opened in 1947, the Edaville Railroad is generally regarded as one of the oldest heritage railroads in the United States.

The Edaville Railroad is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge line that operates excursion trains for tourists. It was built by the late Ellis D. Atwood (initials E.D.A, for which EDAVILLE is named) on his cranberry plantation at the beginning of Cape Cod.

Atwood purchased two locomotives and most of the passenger and freight cars when the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad was dismantled in 1941. After World War II he acquired two former Monson Railroad locomotives and some surviving cars from the defunct Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad in Maine. This equipment ran on two-foot narrow gauge tracks, as opposed to the more common three-foot narrow gauge in the western United States.

In 2005, much of the original 5½ mile mainline was taken up, leaving the present mainline with an approximately 2 mile loop including about half of the line around the old reservoir.

Edaville USA, as it is now known, is a small theme park with cranberry harvesting and railroading as its two main themes. It is a well-known family attraction throughout New England. Edaville USA's Holiday Festival of Light is still a major attraction during the winter seasons with festival decorations and attractions along with tons and tons of Christmas lights.

Middleboro Jones along with the All-Girl Spending Team (Mom & Daughter) went to opening weekend where admittance for Veterans was FREE and Military families were each 1/2 price. A nice way they show that Veterans matter.

A cool but wonderful evening reliving a New England tradition of riding through the cranberry bogs to see the Christmas festival of lights.

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