White Mountains Railroads


Railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains: ScenicNH Photography has an extensive image collection that showcases the abandoned logging railroads in the White Mountains. 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 in the White Mountains and articles focused on the abandoned railroads.

 

Wild River Railroad - Beans Purchase, New Hampshire

Logging Railroads, White Mountains

Logging railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains date back to the 1870s, when the first logging railroad to operate in the White Mountains was built - the John’s River Railroad. Some railroads lasted only for a few years, while others, such as the legendary East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, lasted many years. Now in the 21st-century, some consider the railroad logging era to be the most interesting part of White Mountains history. This work focuses on the history of these abandoned logging railroads, and ...
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East Branch & Lincoln Railroad - Lincoln, New Hampshire

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

This project focuses on the landscape of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in its current state. Built by the timber baron James E. Henry, this was a logging railroad in operation from 1893-1948 in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Much of the railroad was located in today's Pemigewasset Wilderness. Once known as Henry’s Woods, the 45,000-acres that make up the Pemigewasset Wilderness is a backcountry hikers paradise. Almost every trail in this designated wilderness area follows or utilizes sections of the East Branch & ...
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Carroll, New Hampshire - Railroad Crossing

List of White Mountains Railroads

White Mountains, New Hampshire railroads: From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, railroad logging was once a way of life, and the timber barons dominated the White Mountains. But in life, change is inevitable, and now in the 21st-century, railroad logging in the White Mountains is a thing of the past. Included here is a list of logging railroads (and some of the passenger railroads) that operated in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Included are random tidbits of history about the railroads, and links ...
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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

$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 list of railroads in the White Mountains. It is a work in progress and subject to errors and omissions.

• 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.

• See more of our ongoing history work at the projects page.