The Big Freight, 1930


The Big Freight, 1930


[Wakefield, Mass.] : Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department,




Photo courtesy of John Neiss.

"Local resident Ernie Payro, son of Joseph Payro, took this photo of the 'Big Freight' with its 100 cars, in July 1930. It was taken during a time when Boston and Maine Railroad was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the railroad and during the same month that the legendary 'Flying Yankee' first took to the rails on its express runs from Boston to Portland, Maine. According to reports, the largest of the Boston and Maine freight trains was a huge 4000 class, weighing 337 tons, with a rate of 3400 horsepower. It was said to carry 18,000 gallons of water and 24 tons of coal." - Text from calendar by Jayne M. D'Donofrio.


Boston and Maine Railroad; Railroads -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield.

Wakefield (Mass.) -- History -- Pictorial works.

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Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department calendars

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"The Big Freight, 1930 ," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #12171, (accessed September 23, 2017).