"Spite Line" at Cranston Print Works  1940
Horatio Nelson Slater was displeased with the local railroads when they refused to negotiate rates with him, so he built his own – the Providence/Webster/Springfield Railroad – also called the “Spite Line”. This photo shows a circa 1940 aerial view of Cranston Print Works where three rail tracks are visible. The northerly track carried incoming raw cloth goods, the middle track to a four-story warehouse where in and outbound shipping took place and the bottom track was used for coal cars delivering to the boiler house. Rail service operated there until the mid 1950’s.
-Courtesy Of
John & Nancy Byrnes, text John Mrazik

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