- 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.
- Product Specifications
- Plastic Frame and Body
- UL listed
- 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)
- Interior Image Area 3.5" (w) x 2.75"(h)
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