The Big Freight, 1930

  • The Big Freight, 1930
  • "Local resident Ernie Payro, son of Joseph Payro, took this photo of the 'Big Freight' with its 100 cars, in July 1930. It was taken during a time when Boston and Maine Railroad was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the railroad and during the same month that the legendary 'Flying Yankee' first took to the rails on its express runs from Boston to Portland, Maine. According to reports, the largest of the Boston and Maine freight trains was a huge 4000 class, weighing 337 tons, with a rate of 3400 horsepower. It was said to carry 18,000 gallons of water and 24 tons of coal." - Text from calendar by Jayne M. D'Donofrio.
  • Image from the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department annual calendar, 2009
  • Photo courtesy of John Neiss.
  • 1930
  • [Wakefield, Mass.] : Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department


“The Big Freight, 1930,” Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, Mass., accessed October 16, 2019,


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