The first railroad station in Orleans, MA was built at the end of the Civil War in 1865. The proponents of a rail connection to Provincetown had maintained the need to defend the Cape and its outermost reaches and the ability to quickly transport troops by rail gave the expansion new impetus.
Many, including Henry David Thoreau, also saw the rail's potential to open up the Cape to tens of thousands every summer seeking to escape the crush of the Northeast's teeming cities.
The railroad gave the Cape's fishing industry a cheaper way to ship fresher fish and Railroad Wharf became a prominent part of the Provincetown waterfront.
The railroad took from the Steamship industry one of their more dependable freight customers. This entire cycle was to play out again forty years later when the Mid-Cape highway, also known as Route 6, enabled trucking to displace rail traffic as a freight option.
The New Haven Rail Road discontinued scheduled passenger service on the line in the late 1930s. The Rail Road Station in Orleans closed in 1941.
Plastic Frame and Body
4 watt bulb included
Glow vent casts light upward
Adjustable tines to fit any socket
Approximate Night Light Dimensions 4.125" (w) x 3.375 (h) x 2.5" (d)