Abandoned Railroads


Railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains: ScenicNH Photography has an extensive image collection that showcases the abandoned logging railroads in the White Mountains. Documenting the historic logging railroads in their current state is an ongoing project by Erin Paul Donovan, owner of ScenicNH Photography. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad is our main focus, but we have many images of other railroads in the region on file. Below is a list of logging railroads in the White Mountains and articles focused on the abandoned railroads.

 

Logging Railroads, White Mountains

Wild River Railroad - Beans Purchase, New Hampshire
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 ...

Passenger Railroads, White Mountains

Willey Brook Trestle - Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Passenger railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains date back to the 1800s, and they played an important role in 19th-century tourism and transportation in the White Mountains. The Boston & Maine Railroad would eventually dominate most of New Hampshire, but railroads such as the Maine Central Railroad and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad were just as import. Before the automobile became popular in the early 1900s, railroads were a way of life in the White Mountains. This work focuses on the history of ...

White Mountains Railroads

Carroll, New Hampshire - Railroad Crossing
White Mountains, New Hampshire railroads: From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, railroad logging was a way of life, and the timber barons dominated the White Mountains. But in life, change is inevitable, and now in the 21st-century, railroad logging in the White Mountains is a thing of the past. Below is a list of the logging railroads and some of the passenger railroads that were in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Included are random tidbits of history about each railroad and links to ...

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 ...

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Notes:

• ScenicNH Photography is in the business of photography. And with the use of photography, we create awareness for historic preservation.

• This is a list of railroads in the White Mountains. It is a work in progress and subject to errors and omissions.

• We do not give directions to logging camp locations, so please do not send us an email asking where Camp 23A of the East Branch & Lincoln is.

• History is very subjective and each historian deciphers information differently. Please keep this in mind when viewing the above information.

• As you explore the historical sites in New Hampshire, keep in mind the removal of historic artifacts from federal lands without a permit is a violation of federal law.

• See more of our ongoing history work at the projects page.