Frankenstein Trestle, Crawford Notch

Frankenstein Trestle along the Maine Central Railroad in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Frankenstein Trestle – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Frankenstein Trestle, Crawford Notch – Frankenstein Trestle is located along the old Maine Central Railroad in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch in the White Mountains. And the historical marker for the trestle is located along Route 302 near the Dry River Campground. The trestle is named for Godfrey Frankenstein, a German born artist who spent time painting in the Crawford Notch area during the 1800s.

The railroad was chartered in 1867 as the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad Company, then leased to the Maine Central Railroad in 1888, and later abandoned in 1983. Since 1995 the Conway Scenic Railroad, which provides passenger excursion trains, has been using the track. The building of this railroad through Crawford Notch was a major accomplishment during the 1800s.

Frankenstein Trestle along the Maine Central Railroad in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Chartered in 1867 as the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad Company then leased to the Maine Central Railroad in 1888 and later abandoned in 1983. Since 1995 the Conway Scenic Railroad, which provides passenger excursion trains has been using the track.
Frankenstein Trestle – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

The trestle you see today was built in 1893 to replace the original wrought iron trestle built in 1875. The trestle was then strengthened in 1930 and 1950 to handle the heavier train loads. A great write-up on the history of Frankenstein Trestle can be found here. It is an amazing piece of railroad history!

Frankenstein Trestle along the Maine Central Railroad in Crawford Notch State Park of New Hampshire.
Frankenstein Trestle – White Mountains, New Hampshire 
 

The Frankenstein Trestle and the Willey Brook Trestle are just two of the many highlights along the Conway Scenic Railroad. If visiting the White Mountains region consider taking a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad for an interesting adventure. And hikers who are not interested in riding the scenic railroad can hike the Frankenstein Cliff Trail to get an up close view of the trestle.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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4 Responses to “Frankenstein Trestle, Crawford Notch”

  1. Barb Coyle

    Thank you for posting this… Drove 3 hours to hike this yesterday and the directions were spot on! Gorgeous place… Did not see any trains but already planning a return trip! 

     

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  2. Ainsley Marsh

    Hi Erin, I love that photo of the Frankenstein trestle. How long is that trail. I have heard comments of people who get up at 2:30a. I would love to capture that trestle in the fall.

    Ainsley

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    • Erin Paul Donovan

      Hi Ainsley,

      It is only about a 1/2 of a mile up the Frankenstein Cliff Trail to the Trestle. Just remember it is an active railroad during the snow-free months. And walking on the tracks is prohibited (trespassing).

       

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