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UPDATED:  FEBRUARY 11, 2015

In Chronological Order



February 11, 2015  Depot Park Is Covered by Snow

About six feet of snow have so far fallen on Depot Park this winter season. See photos in the slideshow below.

  • Photos taken on February 11, 2015
    Winter 2015 at Bedford Depot Park
  • Winter 2015 at Bedford Depot Park

January 31, 2015  Carl Silvestrone

We are saddened to learn of the death of Carl Silvestrone, a Bedford native and veteran DPW employee. Carl did a lot to benefit FBDP and Depot Park over 20+ years. He was a genius at making and repairing things. Long before Carl's most recent efforts to restore the old baggage cart that is now displayed in the Freight House plaza, he went on many volunteer "missions" to procure parts for RDC 6211's restoration. Carl also spent countless hours working on the Budd Car after it was brought to Bedford in 1998. He fabricated the replica "Bedford" signs that are attached to the Depot's facia, repaired the train order signals atop the station, and built the handsome structure that displays the Special Places sign that is adjacent to the building. These are only a few of Carl's many unselfish contributions that quickly come to mind.

  • Carl Silvestrone stands in front of the old railway baggage cart that he restored with DPW colleague Paul Quatrale.
    Carl Silvestrone
  • Carl built the "Special Places" sign display that is adjacent to Bedford Depot and the Minuteman Bikeway.
  • Carl repaired the historic train order signals atop Bedford Depot.
  • The four replica "Bedford" signs on the Depot were made and installed by Carl.
  • Carl played a large role in the cosmetic restoration of ex-Boston & Maine RDC 6211 that is at Depot Park.
  • Carl is seen attaching a restored pilot to one end of RDC 6211.
  • Many features of Depot Park are part of Carl Silvestrone's lasting legacy.

January 26, 2015  RDC 6211 in the Boston Sunday Globe

The cosmetically restored ex-Boston & Maine RDC 6211 at Bedford Depot Park was featured in a Boston Sunday Globe article on January 18. The article is about the MBTA's possible return to self-propelled Diesel cars in communter rail service.

January 1, 2015  William L. Patton

William Patton was a longtime supporter of FBDP and a contributor to its newsletter. He died on December 25 at the age of 87 years. More about Bill and his memories of working as an agent at Arlington and Lexington Stations will appear in the next newsletter issue.

Bill Patton in 2004
Boston & Maine Railroad historian William L. Patton

December 27, 2014  Freight House to Reopen in the Spring

Although the Freight House is closed for the winter, you may obtain many of the items there through our online store.

December 27, 2014  Robert M. Howe

Word reached us today that member and former Lexington Branch conductor Robert Howe died yesterday. Bob began his long Boston & Maine Railroad career in 1946. FBDP recorded his oral history in 2005, which you may view here.

Bob Howe at the Depot Park ribbon cutting ceremony on June 15, 2009
Conductor Robert M. Howe

December 24, 2014  Online Store Improvement

We have connected FBDP's online store with the United States Postal Service so that the most accurate postage is applied to orders based on the recipient's mailing address. Shipping costs are dynamically updated based on the recipient's ZIP Code, the type of service selected (First Class Mail, Priority Mail, Priority Express or Media Mail), and the current USPS rates.

December 22, 2014  Volume 20, Issue 4

The latest newsletter issue was dispatched in the mail today. Featured in this issue is a report about efforts in 1925 to save the late-night Theatre Train on the Lexington Branch.

November 15, 2014  Depot Project Is Nearing Completion

The project to restore the facade of Bedford Depot and improve handicap accessibility to the first floor is in its final stages. New window units and doors were installed, a platform and ramp were built, and the exterior was painted. In addition, the Town installed new cooling and heating systems so that window air conditioners would not be necessary. A new handicap-accessible restroom is now under construction on the first floor. The Facilities Department will soon create "punch list" for the contractor to identify any remaining tasks and clean-up. The DPW will paint and install new train order signal masts to replace the original masts that were determined to be structurally unsound.

  • The front (western) side of Bedford Depot
    Bedford Depot facade restoration project
  • Depot facade restoration project