Eastham Railroad

When I was 6, my parents purchased Homer Smith Cottages cottages on Depot Pond in 1966. I have a vague memory of watching a train cross Locust Road. I have often wondered what it must have been like to have a train run through Eastham. In recent years, I have become interested in collecting photos/images of the railroad, the depot, and trains in Eastham. This is what I have found. I update it as I find more.

If you have photos that you would be willing to let me share, please contact me at nate@nategibson.net.

from the 1958 Eastham Vactioners Handbook published by the Eastham Chamber of Commerce

1911 Postcard of Eastham Railroad Station and two water towers.

Train to Boston from Eastham Illustrated.
Beyle, Noel W. Eastham Illustrated. The First Encounter Press, 1978.

See also Eastham Depot posted by Gloria Schropfer on Pinterest

“View of the Eastham railroad depot showing structures on the north and south sides of Samoset Road. With the depot on the southeast side and the frieght house and water tank on the northeast side.” Seaboldt, James, Eastham Railroad Depot from the Digital Collections | Joseph P. Healey Library
This photo is also available via Wikimedia Commons. Railroad Station, Eastham, Mass.jpg

Eastham depot on southeast side of Samoset Road, showing southern water tank. Also shown is the spur siding which was used as a car drop for delivering goods to a frieght dock alongside George Clark’s General Store. This siding also allowed trains in opposite direction to pass. Location: Samoset Road.” Seaboldt, James, Railroad station with water tower from Digital Collections | Joseph P. Healey Library
This photos is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, Eastham, MA Railroad Station – ca. 1907.jpg

Eastham station 1915 postcard
Circa 1915, eBay item 392971382055, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Source: Early Eastham Photo of the Rail Road Area Donated by John Wallace : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

North Eastham Station

Unknown authorUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Photographs of trains in Eastham, Massachusetts

In the Barnstable Patriot, Ruth Weissberger wrote a terrific article on Cape Cod Railroads which included the photo of the train crossing Route 6 near Gertrude’s Beach Box (formerly Bill’s Place and now  Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar). The photo is courtesy of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Additional Resources

For more information about the railroad in Eastham or on Cape Cod, see

  1. Cape Cod Railroads by Ruth Weissberger in the Barnstable Patriot
  2. The NERAIL New England Railroad Photo Archive. See NH on the outer Cape and NH on the outer Cape for photos of trains in Orleans on their way to/from Eastham.
  3. Nashua City Station. “Nashua City Station is a public display of pieces from the private collection of Matthew Cosgro. Nashua City Station Railroad History captures and shares the early lifeblood of our communities – the railroads that criss-crossed New Hampshire.” See Eastham Stations
  4. Eastham Historical Society Gallery
  5. Railroads of Cape Cod and the Islands by Andrew T. Eldredge (2003)
  6. A Brief History of Eastham by Don Wilding
  7. Eastham by Marilyn C. SchofieldRoberta Cornish and Eastham Historical Society
  8. “Eastham Illustrated”, by Noel W. Beyle, The First Encounter Press 1978
  9. “Go Eastham Young Man! or Eastham or Bust”, by Noel W. Beyle, 1977 by The Innermost House