Posts Tagged: 19th century logging

East Branch & Lincoln, Abandoned Spur Lines

Spur lines, Pemigewasset Wilderness. Location of a spur line off the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad at North Fork Junction in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The railroad tracks traveled up this rocky brook bed.
North Fork Junction Spur Line – East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, Abandoned Spur Lines – The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948) was a logging railroad in the New Hampshire White Mountains. With the current documentation, we can get a good idea of the layout of the railroad and firsthand accounts from people who worked the woods. And though based on educated guesses, we can also determine the locations of the abandoned logging camps along the railroad. But the reality is there is so much unknown about this railroad.

One of the great unknowns is how many spur lines existed along the East Branch & Lincoln. A spur line is a short branch of railroad track that leads off the main line. Along the East Branch & Lincoln, spur lines lead to landings where railroad log cars were loaded. And shorter spur lines (some refer to these as sidings) were used to store railroad log cars. Today, I am going to share with you some of the known spur lines and sidings.

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White Mountains Railroad Books

Zealand Notch  - Scenic views along the Appalachian Trail (Ethan Pond Trail) during the summer months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. This trail follows the old Zealand Valley Railroad bed, which was a logging railroad in operation from 1884-1897.
Zealand Valley Railroad – Appalachian Trail follows the old railroad grade

White Mountains, New Hampshire Railroad Books – Over the years, numerous books have been published focused on the logging railroads of the White Mountains, New Hampshire. One of my favorites is J.E. Henry’s Logging Railroads by Bill Gove. It is an excellent book focused on the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad.

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