Oct 032011
 

Another piece of the old railroad bed is getting attention this year, thanks to Boy Scout Ethan Levin. Not many people are familiar with a short arc of a trail that connects the old railroad beds that went from Marblehead to Salem and, separately, to Swampscott. This short segment is located just behind the Marblehead Light and Power sub-station off Village Street. Its original purpose was to allow trains to turn around after they reached the Marblehead station, replacing an older and more awkward turntable at the Marblehead station. Today the arc-shaped path is badly overgrown and quite wet much of the year. With approval from the Town, this will change. As a project to accomplish toward becoming an Eagle Scout, Ethan Levin will be managing a one hundred manhour project to clear the overgrowth and replant with native trees and shrubs. Ethan is required to organize the work and a work force for the project – one that is being done in two steps separated by a few weeks.

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