Though the South-side tracks have been abandoned for years (now slated to be converted to a rail trail), the tracks on the city's North-side are still actively utilized. Here are some photographs of the area.
An icy Westfield River flows beneath the railroad trestle. Many days have passed since a train has ventured across this span, but the bridge may be given new life come the fruition of the rail trail plans. (March 2, 2008)
Waiting for the train... (March 23, 2008)
The Pioneer Valley Railroad yards from the Prospect Street bridge looking North. With the price of petroleum-based fuels continuing to rise, railroads are seeing a resurgence of popularity with shippers. Nationally, UPS is the biggest customer of freight-hauling railroad companies. (April 20, 2008)
Graceful arcs and parallel lines shine silver in Spring's morning light. (April 20, 2008)
Railroad Avenue is once again in the midst of great changes, with construction of a new bridge across the Westfield River linking Union Avenue and the Elm Street Spur currently underway. Around 1900 or so, the viaduct was raised a bit and the soil underneath dug out to allow traffic to pass freely without having to wait for the many trains passing through Westfield at the time. Traffic will be much busier under this area of the railroad viaduct when the three-lane bridge is complete. (November 17, 2007)
Progress is messy... (December 1, 2007)
The end. (November 17, 2007)
As always, thanks for stopping by and take care.
For more images, check out the related posts Westfield Massachusetts Railway Station Photos, and Photos: Trestle and Tracks, Images of Westfield in a Thanksgiving Fog.