Cape Cod Life Magazine
11th April 2017
When Nantucketers Rode the Rails
A century ago, islanders could travel from the harbor to Siasconset via the dearly departed Nantucket Railroad, a privately funded enterprise that operated—in fits and starts, but mostly fits—from 1881-1918. Although it ran in the red for most of its checkered history, the Nantucket Railroad had a rich history of derailments, de-coupled cars, engine failure, shifting tracks, crashes, and other calamities.