Commuter Train Honoring MA Soldiers Stops in Braintree-Weymouth Landing

The Gold Star train will travel around Massachusetts on regular service for the next year or so, honoring deceased soldiers.

Since it was dedicated in time for Memorial Day on April 23, 2012, the Gold Star Commuter Rail coach has been making appearances across the region, from Providence, RI to Worcester and Plymouth.

On Friday, the train made it to the commuter rail station on the Braintree/Weymouth line and was visited by mayors Joseph Sullivan and Susan Kay, veterans and other local officials.

Andrew Farrar, whose son Andrew Farrar Jr. of Weymouth was killed in Iraq seven years ago on his 31st birthday, also visited the Gold Star train on Friday. 

One of the train's cars is shrink-wrapped with gold stars honoring 136 Massachusetts residents who have lost their lives serving in the military in Afghanistan or Iraq. Inside, there is an additional memorial plaque. The train will continue to run regular routes, honoring the soldiers for as long as the wrapping lasts, said Hugh Kiley, GM of the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad.


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