Logging Railroads, White Mountains


Logging railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains date back to the 1870s, when the first logging railroad to operate in the White Mountains was built – the John’s River Railroad. Some railroads lasted only for a few years, while others, such as the legendary East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, lasted many years. Now in the 21st-century, some consider the railroad logging era to be the most interesting part of White Mountains history. This work focuses on the history of these abandoned logging railroads, and it also showcases them in their current state.


Beebe River Railroad, New Hampshire

Plymouth Diesel Locomotive - Lincoln, New Hampshire
Beebe River Railroad, New Hampshire - In 1917, the Publishers Paper Company sold the Beebe River land tract (around 22,000 acres) to the Parker-Young Company. And in March 1917, the New Hampshire legislature approved the incorporation of the Beebe River Railroad. Also in 1917, the Woodstock Lumber Company, an affiliate ...

Gordon Pond Railroad, New Hampshire

Kinsman Notch - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Gordon Pond Railroad, New Hampshire - Owned by the Johnson Lumber Company (George Johnson) the Gordon Pond Railroad was a logging railroad in the towns of Lincoln and Woodstock New Hampshire. It was in operation from 1905-1916, and it was roughly fifteen miles long. And even though the railroad was ...

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad - Lincoln, New Hampshire
The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948), ScenicNH Photography has an extensive image collection that showcases this legendary railroad in its current state. Built by timber baron James E. Henry, the East Branch & Lincoln was a logging railroad in the towns of Lincoln and Franconia, New Hampshire with much ...

Sawyer River Railroad, New Hampshire

Mount Carrigain - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Sawyer River Railroad, New Hampshire - The Sawyer River Railroad, operated by the Daniel Saunders Family, was a ten-mile long logging railroad in the New Hampshire White Mountains. It was in operation from 1877-1928 and was one of the last logging railroads to operate in New Hampshire...[Continue reading] ...

Swift River Railroad, New Hampshire

Boulder Loop Trail - Mount Chocorua, New Hampshire
Swift River Railroad, New Hampshire - The Swift River Railroad was a logging railroad in the Swift River Valley of the New Hampshire White Mountains. It was operated by the Conway Company and was in operation from 1906-1916. The railroad began in Conway, at the Conway Company’s sawmill, and traveled ...

Woodstock & Thornton Gore Railroad

Tripoli Road - Woodstock, New Hampshire
Woodstock & Thornton Gore Railroad - Incorporated in March 1909, this short-lived logging railroad, operated by the Woodstock Lumber Company, a subsidy of the Parker-Young Company, began at the Woodstock Lumber Company’s sawmill (built in 1906 by the Publishers Paper Company) on the western bank of the Pemigewasset River in ...

Abandoned Railroad Beds, White Mountains

Remnants of a spur line along the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in the Thoreau Falls Valley of the Pemigewasset Wilderness in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This was a logging railroad, which operated from 1893 - 1948
Abandoned Railroad Beds, White Mountains - From the late 1800s to the early 1900s railroading was a way of life in the New Hampshire White Mountains, and timber barons dominated. You would think that after all these years no evidence of this era would exist, but it does. If you ...

Can You Identify These Artifacts

Camp 10 - East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, New Hampshire
Can You Identify These Artifacts - When documenting historic sites in the New Hampshire White Mountains one of the biggest challenges I face is trying to identify some of the artifacts I photograph. In the big picture of my historical work, identifying what the artifact is and its purpose is ...

Preserve History, Don’t Remove Artifacts

Charles B. Keyser Homesite - Benton, New Hampshire USA
Don't Remove Historic Artifacts - Here in the New Hampshire White Mountains, outdoor recreation is growing at an alarming rate. And there has been a huge surge of people exploring the many historical sites that are in the region. For historic preservation to be successful, it is imperative that we ...

Gordon Pond Railroad, Artifact

Gordon Pond Railroad, Artifact
Gordon Pond Railroad, Artifact - This project is focused on the abandoned railroads in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. For the most part, I keep this work separated from my everyday photography business because there is not much interest for this type of imagery outside of New England. Can ...

Harp Switch Stand, New Hampshire

Beebe River Railroad - Harp Switch Stand along the old Beebe River Railroad in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire USA. This was an logging railroad, which operated from 1917 - 1942.
Harp Switch Stand, New Hampshire – Popular during the early days of railroading, the harp style switch stand was a manually operated railroad switch, which allowed trains to transfer to another section of track. This was accomplished by a railroad worker pushing or throwing the long bar. The included images ...

Historic Logging Camps, White Mountains

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad
Historic Logging Camps, White Mountains - Most of this summer season I have been documenting history and culture subjects in the New Hampshire White Mountains. The last few blog articles have been historical in nature so today I am going to continue with this theme and introduce you to the ...

Logging Era Artifacts, White Mountains

Zealand Notch - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Logging Era Artifacts, White Mountains - Today’s blog article is focused on an image keyword search term. Basically, I chose one search term, in this case “logging era artifacts”, and searched my image archive to see what imagery I have available that represents the New Hampshire White Mountains logging era ...

 


Books
 

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad Book by Erin Paul Donovan
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad Book
by Erin Paul Donovan With the use of black and white and color photographs, this book explores the history of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, while showing the abandoned ...
The Boston and Maine A Photographic Essay by Philip Ross Hastings
The Boston & Maine: A Photographic Essay
The Boston & Maine: A Photographic Essay by Philip Ross Hastings. This 206 page book was published by Locomotive & Railway Preservation in 1989. It looks to be a first ...