Passenger Railroads, White Mountains


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 these abandoned and active passenger railroads.

 

Boston & Maine, Mt Washington Branch

Railroad trestle along the old Boston and Maine Railroad near Fabyans in Carroll, New Hampshire USA
Boston & Maine Railroad, Mt Washington Branch - Built by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, the thirteen and a half mile long Mt Washington Branch was completed in 1874. This branch began at Wing Road in Bethlehem, New Hampshire and ended just east of Fabayns in Bretton Woods. The ...

Frankenstein Trestle, Crawford Notch

Frankenstein Trestle - Maine Central Railroad, White Mountains, NH USA
Frankenstein Trestle, Crawford Notch - Frankenstein Trestle is located along the Maine Central Railroad in Crawford Notch of the New Hampshire 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 ...

Mount Washington Cog, Biodiesel Locomotive

Mount Washington Cog, New Hampshire
Mount Washington Cog Railway - A few weeks back I made a trip to the summit of Mount Washington in the New Hampshire White Mountains to photograph the Biodiesel locomotive that is now in operation on the Cog Railway. This is the Cog Railway's first Biodiesel locomotive, and it is ...

Mt Willard Section House, Crawford Notch

Maine Central Railroad - Mt. Willard Section House, White Mountains New Hampshire
Mt Willard Section House, Crawford Notch - Above is the historic Mt Willard Section House (c. 1900) and the Willey Brook Bridge along the old Maine Central Railroad in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. Completed in August 1875 by the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad, the building of this railroad was an ...

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 ...

Russell Snow Plow, Bartlett

The Russell snow plow #68 at Bartlett Roundhouse in Bartlett, New Hampshire USA along the Maine Central Railroad. This plow was built in 1923 for the Portland Terminal Railroad Company, a subsidiary of the Maine Central Railroad and operated mostly in Maine. In 1975 the Conway Scenic Railroad purchased it.
Russell Snow Plow #68, Bartlett - Along the old Maine Central Railroad at the Bartlett Roundhouse in Bartlett, New Hampshire rests the Russell snow plow #68. It was built in 1923 for the Portland Terminal Railroad Company, a subsidiary of the Maine Central Railroad and operated mostly in Maine. In ...

Willey Brook Trestle, World War 1 Guard Duty

Willey Brook Trestle - Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Willey Brook Trestle, World War 1 Guard Duty - When the United States entered into World War 1 in April 1917, there was great concern that important sites along transportation routes, such as railroad bridges, would be blown up. Soldiers were responsible for protecting these sites. And one month after ...

 


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

$105.00

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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 work in progress and subject to errors and omissions.

• Being history related, years of operation and length of track vary greatly from historian to historian, so 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.