The Railroad and the Cape Cod Canal

Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm

This year on July 29th the Cape Cod Canal turns 100 years old. Come and learn how railroads helped make the canal possible. Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, discusses how vital railroads were to the building of the Canal. The canal’s monumental construction project took place over five years from 1909 to 1914. Along with huge steam shovels, two dozen dredgers, and hundreds of workers, two railroads were employed in its construction: the New Haven Railroad and a temporary, narrow gauge railroad built by the contractor. Despite many obstacles, such as troublesome weather and financial issues, the Cape Cod Canal finally opened on July 29, 1914, and each year thousands of people still use it to use to access the Cape.