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     Newburyport/Rockport Line

Train #172 entering Central Square-Lynn, bound for North Station.
Overview
Type Commuter Rail
Locale Greater Boston
Termini North Station
Newburyport or Rockport
Stations 11 (Newburyport)
13 (Rockport)
Services 2
Operation
Owner Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Operator(s) MBCR
Character Elevated and surface-level
Rolling stock Commuter rail cars
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Route map
Legend
Interchange head
North Station
Junction to left Transverse abbreviated in this map
Fitchburg, Lowell & Haverhill/Reading Lines
Stop on track
Chelsea
Bridge over water
Saugus Draw
Unknown route-map component "xpHST"
River Works (General Electric employees only)
Unknown route-map component "eABZlf" Unknown route-map component "exHLUECKE"
Saugus Branch
Unknown route-map component "HST-ELEV"
Lynn
Unknown route-map component "HST-ELEV"
Swampscott
Unknown route-map component "eHST"
Original Salem station
Enter and exit tunnel
Salem Tunnel
Stop on track
Salem
Small bridge over water
Beverly Draw
Stop on track
Beverly Depot
Junction to left Track turning from right
Straight track Stop on track
North Beverly
Straight track Stop on track
Hamilton/Wenham
Straight track Stop on track
Ipswich
Straight track Stop on track
Rowley
Straight track End stop
Newburyport
Straight track
Stop on track
Montserrat
Stop on track
Prides Crossing
Stop on track
Beverly Farms
Bridge over water
Manchester Draw
Stop on track
Manchester
Stop on track
West Gloucester
Bridge over water
Gloucester Draw
Stop on track
Gloucester
End stop
Rockport

The Newburyport/Rockport Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running northeast from downtown Boston, Massachusetts towards Cape Ann and the Merrimack Valley, serving the North Shore. The first leg runs through Chelsea, Lynn, Swampscott, Salem, to Beverly. From there, a northern branch of the line runs through Hamilton, Ipswich, Rowley and Newburyport. The line also branches east from Beverly, serving Manchester, Gloucester and Rockport.

History

The line uses tracks owned in the 19th century by the Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M), which leased the tracks to such companies as Eastern Railroad until the MBTA subsidized, and then acquired, B&M in the 1970s. During the first two decades of the MBTA's operation of the line, service ran to Ipswich; in 1998, service was extended to Newburyport.

Station Listing

North Station - Terminus and connection with MBTA Orange Line and Green Line, as well as Amtrak Downeaster service to Maine and some local MBTA bus connections.

Chelsea station connects to buses 112 and 114.

River Works station is accessible during weekdays to employees of the nearby General Electric plant.

Central Square/Lynn is a rail and bus hub in downtown Lynn, near the Lynn campus of North Shore Community College. Buses routes include 425, 426, 429, 433, 436, 437, 439, 441, 442, 448, 449, 455, and 469.

Swampscott station services residential Swampscott; tickets can be purchased at Fiori's Variety, just down the street. The 441/448 bus to Marblehead, and the 455/459 bus to Salem leave here.

Salem station is near the Route 107 traffic circle, where bus lines 450, 451, 458/468, 455/459, and 718 are immediately available. A large proportion of commuters on the Newburyport/Rockport Line make use of Salem Station, and tickets may be purchased at Red Lion Smoke Shop. During the days leading up to Halloween, Salem Station is an especially popular destination, and the rail-cars are standing-room only on the night of the holiday.

Beverly Depot is on the edge of downtown Beverly between Rantoul Street and the Bass River; it is the closest station to Montserrat College of Art and the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre. Tickets are sold at a nearby dry cleaner, Depot Cleaners. The former station house has been converted into the Beverly Depot Restaurant. It connects to the Beverly Shoppers Shuttle bus line.


Montserrat station is close to Beverly Hospital, and lies on Route 22 leading north to Essex. Tickets may be purchased at the nearby convenience store.

Prides Crossing station serves the village of Prides Crossing, between Beverly Cove and Beverly Farms, and is close to Endicott College. The former station house has been converted into Prides Crossing Confections.

Beverly Farms station serves the small residential village of Beverly Farms, and is the closest station to Gordon College in Wenham.

Manchester-by-the-Sea tickets may be purchased at Richdale's, and is close to Singing Beach.

West Gloucester station is close to Cape Ann Industrial Park, and is the closest station to the village of Magnolia, which can be reached by CATA bus.

Gloucester station is also near CATA buses that reach downtown Gloucester and Magnolia.

Rockport station is near CATA buses that reach downtown Rockport and Good Harbor Beach. Plans to improve this station are described at [1].


North Beverly station lies on Route 1A among the shops that line Enon Street. Bus 451 travels to Salem.

Hamilton/Wenham station lies between the Wenham and Hamilton town centers, and tickets may be purchased at the Hamilton Convenience Store.

Ipswich station tickets can be purchased at Richdale's on Market Street. Ipswich Essex Explorer provides weekend service during the summer to Crane Beach, downtown Essex and other nearby attractions.

Rowley station is on the eastern outskirts of town, with connections to MVRTA buses, serving the Merrimack Valley.

Newburyport has connections with MVRTA buses.

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