White Mountains Railroads


Historic railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains: ScenicNH Photography has an extensive image collection that showcases the abandoned White Mountains logging railroads. 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 and some of the passenger railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains.

 

White Mountains, New Hampshire Railroads
 

RailroadCompaniesLocationYears OperatedLength
Notes
Bartlett & Albany RailroadBartlett Land and Lumber CompanyAlbany, Bartlett1887-189410 MilesView imagery
Beebe River RailroadWoodstock Lumber Company, Parker Young Company, Draper CorporationCampton, Sandwich, Waterville1917-194225 MilesView imagery
Boston & Maine, Mt Washington BranchBoston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, Boston & Maine RailroadBethlehem, Beans Grant, Carroll, Chandlers Purchase, Crawfords Purchase, Thompson & Meserves Purchase1874-?13.5 MilesView imagery

Built by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, this Branch was completed in 1874. It began at Wing Road in Bethlehem and ended just east of Fabyans in Bretton Woods. The railroad would be leased to the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1895. In 1876, a roughly 6.5 mile long extension from Fabyans to the base of the Cog Railway was completed.
East Branch & Lincoln RailroadJ.E. Henry and Sons, Parker Young Company, Marcalus Manufacturing Company, Franconia Paper CorporationFranconia, Lincoln1893-194860 MilesView imagery

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East Branch RailroadConway CompanyBartlett, Jackson1916-192013 Miles
Gale River RailroadWaumbek Lumber Company, Gale River Lumber CompanyBethlehem1874-1877/18783 MilesView imagery
Gordon Pond RailroadJohnson Lumber CompanyLincoln, Woodstock1907-191615 MilesView imagery
John's River RailroadBrown's Lumber Company (of Whitefield)Whitefield, Jefferson1870-187915 MilesConsidered to be the first logging railroad to operate in the White Mountains. It ran from Whitefield to Jefferson Meadows. This railroad would be merged into the Whitefield & Jefferson Railroad around 1879. And be used both as logging and passenger line well into the 20th century.
Kilkenny Lumber Company RailroadLancaster and Kilkenny Railroad Company, Kilkenny Lumber Company RailwayKilkenny, Lancaster1887-189710 MilesThe original charter was made in July 18, 1879. Everything was planned out under “Lancaster and Kilkenny Railroad Company” but it never came to be. Charles Eaton and Henry C. Libby (Littleton Lumber Company) secured a new charter in 1887.
Little River RailroadGeorge Van DykeBethlehem1893-19006 MilesView imagery
Maine Central Railroad, Mountain DivisionPortland & Ogdensburg Railroad, Portland & Ogdensburg Railway, Maine Central RailroadBretton Woods, Bartlett, Hart's Location1867-1983View imagery

Not abandoned, track still in use - Since 1995 the Conway Scenic Railroad, which provides passenger excursion trains, has been using the Crawford Notch section of the track.
Millsfield RailroadBerlin Mills CompanyMillsfield1910-19157-8 milesIn operation for 4 years (1910-1914), track removed in 1915. This was a remote logging railroad that did not connect to an outside line.
Mount Washington Cog RailwaySylvester MarshThompson & Meserves Purchase1869 -3 MilesView imagery

Not abandoned - Railroad still in use. This is a passenger railroad.
Profile & Franconia Notch RailroadRichard Taft and Charles H. GreenleafBethlehem, Franconia1879-192110 MilesView imagery

Incorporated July 11, 1878. Opened in 1879. This was a passenger railroad.
Rocky Branch RailroadConway CompanyGlen, Jackson, Sargents Purchase1908-191412 Miles
Saco Valley RailroadSaco Valley Lumber CompanyCarrigain, Cutts Grant 1892-18987 Miles
Sawyer River RailroadDaniel & Charles SaundersLivermore1877-192810 MilesView imagery
Success Pond RailroadBlanchard & Twitchell CompanyBerlin, Success1894-190714 MilesA number of branch lines were built off the mainline, and total length of track is closer to 29-30 miles.
Swift River RailroadConway CompanyAlbany, Conway, Livermore, Passaconaway, Waterville Valley1906-191625 MilesView imagery
Upper Ammonoosuc RailroadKilkenny Lumber Company Railway, Upper Ammonoosuc Railroad Company, International Paper CompanyBerlin, Kilkenny, Milan1892-19038 Miles
Wild River RailroadWild River Lumber Company of Gilead (Samuel Hobson, Eber C. Robinson and George H. Fitzgerald), Hastings Lumber CompanyBeans Purchase, Gilead, Hastings1891-190415 MilesView imagery

A number of branch lines were built off the mainline, and total length of track is closer to 20 miles.
Woodstock & Thornton Gore RailroadWoodstock Lumber CompanyLivermore, Thornton Gore, Woodstock1909-19147 MilesView imagery
Zealand Valley RailroadJ.E HenryCarroll, Bethlehem, Lincoln1884-189711 MilesView imagery

The end date listed here is for the entire Zealand operation.

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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Plymouth Diesel Locomotive - Lincoln, New Hampshire
Beebe River Railroad, New Hampshire - In 1917, the Publishers Paper Company sold the Beebe River land tract (around ...
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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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Camp 10 - East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, New Hampshire
Can You Identify These Artifacts - When documenting historic sites in the New Hampshire White Mountains one of the ...
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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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Zealand Notch - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Logging Era Artifacts, White Mountains - Today’s blog article is focused on an image keyword search term. Basically, I ...
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Kinsman Notch - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Gordon Pond Railroad, New Hampshire - Owned by the Johnson Lumber Company (George Johnson) the Gordon Pond Railroad was ...
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Boulder Loop Trail - Mount Chocorua, New Hampshire
Swift River Railroad, New Hampshire - The Swift River Railroad was a logging railroad in the Swift River Valley ...
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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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East Branch & Lincoln Railroad
Historic Logging Camps, White Mountains - Most of this summer season I have been documenting history and culture subjects ...
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Mt. Cilley Settlement ( Peeling ) - Woodstock, New Hampshire USA
White Mountains History & Culture - For the past couple of weeks, I have been photographing nineteenth century sites ...
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Remnants of a spur line along the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in the Thoreau Falls Valley of the Pemigewasset Wilderness in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This was a logging railroad, which operated from 1893 - 1948
Abandoned Railroad Beds, White Mountains - From the late 1800s to the early 1900s railroading was a way of ...
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Beebe River Railroad - Harp Switch Stand along the old Beebe River Railroad in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire USA. This was an logging railroad, which operated from 1917 - 1942.
Harp Switch Stand, New Hampshire – Popular during the early days of railroading, the harp style switch stand was ...
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Personal Work, Help Identify This Artifact
Gordon Pond Railroad, Artifact - This project is focused on the abandoned railroads in the White Mountains of New ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Mount Carrigain - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Sawyer River Railroad, New Hampshire - The Sawyer River Railroad, operated by the Daniel Saunders Family, was a ten-mile ...
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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 stock photography list of White Mountains railroads ScenicNH Photography has on file. It is a work in progress and subject to errors and omissions.

• If there is no link to imagery in the notes section, then ScenicNH Photography does not have any images on file of that railroad.

• 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.

• 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.