Teaching Technology,incorporating local history        Crissy Donoghue       Technology TeacherHajjar/Parker Elementary Sc...
Billerica and Bedford Railroad   Narrow gauge – 2 footer! First in U.S., for passengers         May 12, 1877
What is the difference betweenNarrow Gauge Railroad tracks and Standard Gauge tracks?
The original  route of the      RRCredit: Billerica Historical Society
Northern half of Billerica Bedford RR tracks                                       Narrow                                 ...
Southern half of trail in BedfordThe Rail Trail is labeled in Google Earth if you zoom in.
Southern half of RR track is now a bikewayThis map, and extensive descriptions of the rail trail are at this website:http:...
It is now partly a bike rail-trail.• “The second path that starts at the Depot is the  Bedford Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail.It ...
This is how the beginning of the trail             looks today.                   • This is the opening in                ...
Missing Billerica Section?See if you can figure out where the tracks went. Look in     Google Earth for clues. (Straight l...
What stops in Billerica, do    you see on this timetable    to the left?Sour
This is a book cover at                                                                       left. Do you notice         ...
Connection to primary source  documents: Bankruptcy
What is a primary source      document?
What is bankruptcy?• It is what happens when a business or person  cannot pay their bills. They tell a judge their  story,...
Guess who was owed money?L.W. Faulkner, and Elenor Bennett– who were these people?
Elenor Bennett: Why is that name              important to Billerica?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eleanor_Bennett_Bil...
Bennett Library-first library in Billerica    (donated by Elenor Bennett)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1899_Billerica_...
It is now rented for parties (and SistaCamp is there in thesummer.) http://www.bennettpubliclibrary.org/build.asp
Faulkner Mills is right around the corner from the Hajjar School-       it houses 2 museums and many businesses today.    ...
Luther W. Faulkner worked at the mills
This is what Faulkner mills      looks like today.                       Photo credit: Crissy Donoghue
During Bankruptcy court cases, there are 2                most important papers                   Schedule A and B  A is w...
Types of cars are listed—  let’s look at pictures
From The Lexington Minuteman, 1878
Teachers: Inside this book,                                                                       are many pictures, inclu...
Locomotive - Ariel
Locomotive - Puck
Passenger Cars
Passenger Cars
Excursion Car- What might this be for?
Box Car
Flat Car
What do you think Box cars and      Flat cars are for?
This is what the engine house looks liketoday, in Bedford, at the beginning of the                bike trails.
There is a short interpretive track, soyou can see what the track looked like.
Work CitedSlide 2: Photo of Ariel the Locomotive, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 4: Map of original...
Work CitedSlide 21: Photo of Luther W. Faulkner from Billerica Historical Society, Billerica, Massachusetts.Slide 22: Phot...
Teacher answers•   What is the difference between Standard Gauge and Narrow Gauge tracks?     –   Standard Gauge is 4 feet...
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  1. 1. Teaching Technology,incorporating local history Crissy Donoghue Technology TeacherHajjar/Parker Elementary Schools
  2. 2. Billerica and Bedford Railroad Narrow gauge – 2 footer! First in U.S., for passengers May 12, 1877
  3. 3. What is the difference betweenNarrow Gauge Railroad tracks and Standard Gauge tracks?
  4. 4. The original route of the RRCredit: Billerica Historical Society
  5. 5. Northern half of Billerica Bedford RR tracks Narrow Gauge tracks are 2 feet across, and Standard gauge are 4 feet across. After the RR went bankrupt, the tracks were switched out with Standard gauge. Part of the tracks is used today for freight trains.
  6. 6. Southern half of trail in BedfordThe Rail Trail is labeled in Google Earth if you zoom in.
  7. 7. Southern half of RR track is now a bikewayThis map, and extensive descriptions of the rail trail are at this website:http://www.bedforddepot.org/railtrails/index.html
  8. 8. It is now partly a bike rail-trail.• “The second path that starts at the Depot is the Bedford Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail.It was opened in 2001 on the abandoned old Billerica & Bedford Railroad. This was the first narrow gauge railroad in the country, opening in 1877. By 1879 it was bankrupt and closed. Six years later, the Boston & Lowell Railroad had converted it to standard gauge and reopened the route. After it was abandoned for good in 1962, it was converted into a 3 mile long rail-trail in 2001.”• http://assabetriverrailtrail.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/the-big-3-bedford/
  9. 9. This is how the beginning of the trail looks today. • This is the opening in Bedford, of the trail that leads to Billerica. Has anyone seen these signs?
  10. 10. Missing Billerica Section?See if you can figure out where the tracks went. Look in Google Earth for clues. (Straight lines of trees.)
  11. 11. What stops in Billerica, do you see on this timetable to the left?Sour
  12. 12. This is a book cover at left. Do you notice something about the locomotive? Fun fact: EdavilleRailroad is a Narrow Gage RR(order the book here: http://www.bedforddepot.org/store/page7.html )
  13. 13. Connection to primary source documents: Bankruptcy
  14. 14. What is a primary source document?
  15. 15. What is bankruptcy?• It is what happens when a business or person cannot pay their bills. They tell a judge their story, and the judge decides how the business’ “stuff” will be sold. Then the money from that sale gets divided up between all the people that are owed money.• The Billerica and Bedford Railroad went bankrupt when it couldn’t pay the construction bills.
  16. 16. Guess who was owed money?L.W. Faulkner, and Elenor Bennett– who were these people?
  17. 17. Elenor Bennett: Why is that name important to Billerica?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eleanor_Bennett_Billerica_Massachusetts_ca1883.png
  18. 18. Bennett Library-first library in Billerica (donated by Elenor Bennett)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1899_Billerica_public_library_Massachusetts.png
  19. 19. It is now rented for parties (and SistaCamp is there in thesummer.) http://www.bennettpubliclibrary.org/build.asp
  20. 20. Faulkner Mills is right around the corner from the Hajjar School- it houses 2 museums and many businesses today. “L. W. Faulkner” worked there. http://www.billericahistory.org/faulknermills.html
  21. 21. Luther W. Faulkner worked at the mills
  22. 22. This is what Faulkner mills looks like today. Photo credit: Crissy Donoghue
  23. 23. During Bankruptcy court cases, there are 2 most important papers Schedule A and B A is who is owed money. B is what stuff you have to sell from your business.Photo credit at end ofpresentation inWorks Cited.
  24. 24. Types of cars are listed— let’s look at pictures
  25. 25. From The Lexington Minuteman, 1878
  26. 26. Teachers: Inside this book, are many pictures, including the railroad car drawings. On this book cover are: A Locomotive, A box car, and A Passenger car This book can be purchased from the link at bottom of slide.(order the book here: http://www.bedforddepot.org/store/page7.html )
  27. 27. Locomotive - Ariel
  28. 28. Locomotive - Puck
  29. 29. Passenger Cars
  30. 30. Passenger Cars
  31. 31. Excursion Car- What might this be for?
  32. 32. Box Car
  33. 33. Flat Car
  34. 34. What do you think Box cars and Flat cars are for?
  35. 35. This is what the engine house looks liketoday, in Bedford, at the beginning of the bike trails.
  36. 36. There is a short interpretive track, soyou can see what the track looked like.
  37. 37. Work CitedSlide 2: Photo of Ariel the Locomotive, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 4: Map of original route of Billerica and Bedford Railroad, from Billerica Historical Society, Billerica, Massachusetts.Slide 5: Screenshot of Google Earth, August 2012.Slide 6: Screenshot of Google Earth, August 2012.Slide 7: Map of Bikeway, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 8: Quote from rail trail blog: Kelleher, Tom. Assabet River Rail Trails Blog. Ed. Tom Kelleher. Assabet River Rail Trail, 4 Mar. 2011. Web. 1 Aug. 2012. <http://assabetriverrailtrail.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/the-big- 3-bedford/>.Slide 9: Photo taken by Christine Donoghue, August 2012. Bedford, Massachusetts.Slide 10: Screenshot of Google Earth, August 2012.Slide 11: Timetable of Billerica and Bedford Railroad, from Billerica Historical Society, Billerica, Massachusetts.Slide 12: Book available from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA. Billerica and Bedford Railroad, by George Mansfield.Slide 13: See Archive citation at the end of this list.Slide 16: See Archive citation at the end of this list.Slide 17: Photo of ElenorBennet from Wikipedia.Slide 18: Photo of Bennett Library from Wikipedia.Slide 19: Photo of Bennett Library from website Bennett Public LIbrary. Ed. Barber Software. Bennett Public Library Association, 2006. Web. 1 Aug. 2012. <http://www.bennettpubliclibrary.org/about.asp>.Slide 20: Photo of Faulkner Mills from Billerica Historical Society, Billerica, Massachusetts. Billerica Historical Society. Billerica Historical Society, n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2012. <http://www.billericahistory.org/>.
  38. 38. Work CitedSlide 21: Photo of Luther W. Faulkner from Billerica Historical Society, Billerica, Massachusetts.Slide 22: Photo taken by Christine Donoghue, August 2012. Billerica, Massachusetts.Slide 23: See Archive citation at the end of this list.Slide 24: See Archive citation at the end of this list.Slide 25: Auction notice from Lexington Minuteman, 1878, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MASlide 26 Book available from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA. Billerica and Bedford Railroad, by George Mansfield.Slide 27: Photo of locomotive, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 28: Photo of locomotive, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 29: Photo of passenger car, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 30: Photo of passenger car, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 31: Photo of excursion car, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 32: Photo of box car, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 33: Photo of flat car, from Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Bedford, MA.Slide 35: Photo taken by Christine Donoghue, August 2012. Bedford, Massachusetts.Slide 36: Photo taken by Christine Donoghue, August 2012. Billerica, Massachusetts.Bankruptcy Document photos from :Billerica and Bedford Railroad Company of Bedford. ARC number: 5925871, record group 21, Docket 07690 U.S.D.C.Series: Bankruptcy Act of 1867 Case files, compiled 1867-1878District Court U.S. 1685-2004. Filed in January 1878, at 9:35am
  39. 39. Teacher answers• What is the difference between Standard Gauge and Narrow Gauge tracks? – Standard Gauge is 4 feet across between the rails, and Narrow Gauge is 2 feet across.• Where is the missing Billerica Section? – There is a part that is not easy to see anymore because the tracks are gone and it wasn’t preserved as a trail either.• What train stops, in Billerica, do you see on this timetable to the left? – South Billerica, Nuttings Pond, Boston Road, Salem Road North Billerica• This is a book cover at left. Do you notice something about the locomotive? – The locomotive has the smoke stack in the back and the triangle pointy part in the front. This indicates that the triangle part is the front of the car, because it would be there for wind dynamics. The smoke stack was in the back, so that the smoke didn’t get in the eyes of the conductor.• What is a primary source document? – It is an original document from history. It is something that tells a story first• L.W. Faulkner, and Elenor Bennett–were owed money-- who were these people? – Faulkner was of the Faulkner mills family, and the mills are still standing, right around the corner. He worked there. And Elenor Bennett was a wealthy woman in town who donated the town’s first library. The Bennett library building is currently used for functions and a summer camp for girls.• What is an Excursion Car for? – Sight-seeing. Open car gives better views, and nice breeze!• What do you think Box cars and Flat cars are for? – Moving goods and products from place to place.
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