East Branch & Lincoln Railroad


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 of it being in today’s Pemigewasset Wilderness. Documenting the logging railroads in the White Mountains is one of our ongoing projects. And while the East Branch & Lincoln is the main focus, we have documented many other railroads in the region. Below is a list of articles, logging camps, and other features of the railroad. Feel free to contact Erin Paul to discuss projects or with questions. And if you enjoy the history of railroads, see our East Branch & Lincoln Railroad Book.

 

Blog Articles
 

Trestle No 17 - East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, New Hampshire
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, Trestle 17 - Built in the early 1900s, probably 1906-1908 (one reference states 1908) ...
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Osseo Trail - White Mountains, New Hampshire
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, Narrow Gauge Line - The EB&L Railroad was a standard gauge railroad, but in ...
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Pemigewasset Wilderness - Mount Lberty, New Hampshire
1907 Owl's Head Mountain Fire, White Mountains – During the late 1800s and early 1900s, logging activities from railroad ...
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Trestle 7 - East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, New Hampshire
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, Trestle 7 - During the days of the East Branch & Lincoln (EB&L) Railroad, ...
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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 ...
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Pemigewasset Wilderness - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Trails of the Pemigewasset Wilderness - At 45,000-acres, the Pemigewasset Wilderness is one of six designated wilderness areas in ...
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Abutments from Trestle 7 of the East Branch & Lincoln Logging Railroad are used to support the foot bridge along the Lincoln Woods Trail in New Hampshire.
East Branch & Lincoln, Forgotten Trestles - In October of 2015, I wrote about the forgotten spur lines along ...
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Owl's Head - Pemigewasset Wilderness, New Hampshire
East Branch & Lincoln, Abandoned Spur Lines - The East Branch & Lincoln Logging Railroad (1893-1948) in the New ...
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Pemigewasset Wilderness - Memorial to Dr. Ralph E. Miller and Dr. Robert E. Quinn in the Thoreau Falls Valley of Lincoln, New Hampshire. The doctors successfully crash landed their plane in this location and survived for four days before dying of exposure.
February 1959 Plane Crash, Pemi Wilderness - On Saturday, February 21, 1959 a Piper Comanche airplane took off from ...
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Porter 50 ton saddle tank engine locomotive on display at Loon Mountain along the Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA.
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad - The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, built by timber baron James E. Henry, ...
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Pemigewasset Wilderness - Black Brook Trestle (Trestle 16) along the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA just pass the old Camp 16 location. This was a logging railroad which operated from 1893 - 1948.
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, Trestle 16 - Trestle 16 is located along the abandoned East Branch & Lincoln ...
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J.E. Henry Burial Site - Glenwood Cemetery, Littleton, NH
James Everell Henry, East Branch & Lincoln Railroad - J.E. Henry died at his home in Lincoln, New Hampshire ...
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East Branch & Lincoln, Corduroyed Roads
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, Corduroyed Roads - Have you ever come across something in the forests of New ...
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Logging Camps
 

Railroad FeatureBranchNotes
EB&L Railroad Camp 1Lower East BranchRail-side camp. Built in the 1890s. Located about a mile east of Lincoln village. Now developed area.
EB&L Railroad Camp 2Lower East BranchRail-side camp. Now developed area.
EB&L Railroad Camp 3Lower East BranchRail-side camp. Now developed area.
EB&L Railroad Camp 4Hancock BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 5Hancock BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 6Hancock BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 7Hancock BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 7Lower East BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 8Lower East BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 8Hancock BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 8BLower East BranchMountain camp (a logging camp not along the railroad grade). This logging operation involved truck logging.
EB&L Railroad Camp 9Hancock BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 9Franconia Brook BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 10Franconia Brook BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 11Lincoln Brook BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 12Lincoln Brook BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 12Franconia Brook BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 13Franconia Brook BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 13Hancock BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 14Hancock BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 14Redrock BranchRail-side camp. Duplicated camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 15Upper East BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 16Upper East BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 17Upper East BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 18Upper East BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 19Anderson Brook BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 20Carrigain BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 21Shoal Pond BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 21AShoal Pond BranchMountain camp (a logging camp not along the railroad grade).
EB&L Railroad Camp 22North Fork BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp "New" 22North Fork BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 22ANorth Fork BranchMountain camp (a logging camp not along the railroad grade)
EB&L Railroad Camp 23North Fork BranchRail-side camp.
EB&L Railroad Camp 23ANorth Fork BranchMountain camp (a logging camp not along the railroad grade). Built in the 1920s, likely 1926.
EB&L Railroad Camp 24Cedar Brook BranchRail-side camp. Built sometime between 1927-1930, likely 1927-1928. Largest logging camp along the railroad.
EB&L Railroad Camp 24ACedar Brook BranchMountain camp (a logging camp not along the railroad grade). Built in the 1930s, likely 1930.
EB&L Railroad Camp 24BCedar Brook BranchMountain camp (a logging camp not along the railroad grade). Built in the 1930s, likely 1934.
EB&L Railroad Black Mountain CampLower East BranchBuilt in the early 1950s. This logging operation involved truck logging.
EB&L Railroad Boyle CampLower East BranchRail-side camp. Now developed area.
EB&L Railroad Loon Mountain CampLower East BranchRail-side camp. Now developed area.
EB&L Railroad Old Johnson CampLincoln Brook BranchMountain camp (a logging camp not along the railroad grade). This was a Johnson Lumber Company camp (Gordon Pond Railroad).

Maps
 

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad Map
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad Map
Built by timber baron James E. Henry, the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad was a logging railroad that operated from 1893-1948 in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Much of the railroad was in the area we know today as the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Including sidings and spur lines, the railroad was estimated to be between 50-60 miles long and had at least forty-one logging camps. This map shows the general layout of the railroad ... View Map
Narrow Gauge Railroad Map - EB&L Railroad
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad – Narrow Gauge Map
The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad was a standard gauge railroad, but in 1901 J.E. Henry and Sons attempted to use a narrow gauge line at Camp 8 to harvest timber from the slopes of Whaleback Mountain. This roughly 1.25 mile +/- long line, consisting of a series of switchbacks, traveled into the Osseo Brook drainage. It lasted only for a few years and was discontinued after a brakeman was killed when a loaded log car ran out control down the track. This map shows the general layout of the Narrow Gauge line ... View Map

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 ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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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 features along the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. It is a work in progress and subject to errors and omissions.

• Camps with the same number is not an error. Some camps had the same number. Camps with a letter were mountain camps located off the main line.

• 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.