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Photo of P&L 1012 at Blair Road in Campton
P&L 1012 at Blair Road in Campton

In order for the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad to commence operations for the 2021 season, these four pieces had to go south from Lincoln to Meredith.. Here was P&L Crew taking the 1012 (SW1000), two former Reading/MBTA Budd RDC-1's and a Lackawana MU coach through the Blair Road Crossing (Milepost P-4.25) in Campton.

The historic Blair Covered Bridge is in the background, built in 1869. Designed with long trusses with arches. It replaced a bridge that was built in 1829 that got torched. The current bridge suffered damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011, but was repaired to stronger standards to hold 3 tons. (Source: NH.Gov) . Blair Road connects I-93 (Exit 27) and US Route 3 to NH 175.

Photographed by Jay Gadon, May 20, 2021.
Added to the photo archive by Jay Gadon, June 7, 2021.
Railroad: Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.

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P&L ?

Posted by John Stock on 2021-06-07 10:51:36

Plymouth & Lincoln.

Posted by Jay Gadon on 2021-06-07 11:01:22

Plymouth & Lincoln.

Posted by Jay Gadon on 2021-06-07 11:03:19

Classic New England is still possible.

Posted by Ken Patton on 2021-06-07 11:12:08

Thanks, Jay. I knew of the line as the B&M's Lincoln Branch back when the main line continued from Plymouth up over the heights at Glencliff and down into Woodsville, then across the river and on to Montreal on the Canadian Pacific. The main line was abandoned some time in the early 1950s, I think. I did not know Eddie Clark had formed the Plymouth and Lincoln Railroad until I followed up on your answer.

Governor Thompson asked Don Hallock to reopen the line and provide service to the mill in Lincoln back in the late 1970s, which he did. But when the mill failed to reopen Don's investment was for naught and Gov. Thompson failed to cover his loss.

Glad to see the line back in service and doing well.

At one time Clark's Trading Post was said to be the only property in the country where you could find a Shay, a Climax, and a Heisler locomotive all on one line.

Posted by John Stock on 2021-06-07 15:55:42

Thanks John ! The line is known today as the White Mountain Branch is 100% active from Concord to Lincoln. Last year the State of NH did a noticeable tie replacement project on almost the entire line. The Hobo Railroad runs from Lincoln south to Woodstock about 7 miles for their excursion trains, and the co-owned Winnipesaukee Scenic runs their regular trains from Meredith to Weirs Beach to Lakeport (Paugus) and back. In the fall they run fall foliage trains from Meredith north to Plymouth. New England Southern runs freight on the line from Concord to Lochmere (Tilton). Parts of the line, like here in Campton, don't see trains as often, as it is used mainly for equipment or special moves between Lincoln and Meredith. This was a treat to catch.

Posted by Jay Gadon on 2021-06-07 17:03:31

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