CHARLES MARTIN spent over a thousand hours in 2012 & 13 re-scouting every one of New Hampshire’s 50 rail trails (10 new since 2008) and updating information and maps for them. The results of his massive effort are contained in the New Hampshire Rail Trails 2013 Update, a 145-page PDF file e-book he has self-published on his RailTrail-NH web site. The update contains full entries and maps for all ten new trails, updated maps for many of the trails in the original book, notes on changes for all trails, and over 200 full-color photos of current trail conditions and scenery, plus elevation profiles for all trails that were not available in the original book. Together the 2008 book plus the update give rail trail enthusiasts up-to-date and detailed information about the locations, access, conditions, scenery, and allowed uses on every former rail line open to the public as a trail, as well as brief histories of the railroads that formerly operated on the trails, and a heads up on stations and rail artifacts that remain on or near the trails today. If you already have New Hampshire Rail Trails, you’ll want a copy of the update today! If you’ve just discovered New Hampshire Rail Trails, you’ll find in Charles’s highly-acclaimed book and the update the most comprehensive information available anywhere on New Hampshire’s extensive rail trail system.
FROM the experts in northern New Hampshire’s history and lore comes a beautiful award-winning anthology of 50 essays and reflections on the settlement, transformation, and history of the land north of the White Mountains’ famed notches. With contributions from a diverse assemblage of New Hampshire writers, Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country takes the reader on an exploration of this region’s geography, culture, industrial history, recreation, conservation, and stunning beauty. Illustrated with both historic and contemporary photos and paintings, this is a must-have volume for anyone who has ever vacationed in, lived in, enjoyed, and loved the White Mountains and northern wilds of New Hampshire.
The latest in famed rail historian Bill Gove's White Mountains Logging Railroad series is this revised and expanded edition of his first volume: J.E. Henry’s Logging Railroads. With over 100 additional pages and dozens of previously unpublished photographs, Bill Gove has assembled 40 years of exhaustive research into a fascinating story of one of New England’s most colorful lumber barons and the highly successful East Branch & Lincoln and Zealand Valley Logging Railroads over which he reigned.
BRANCH LINE PRESS is pleased to offer a fascinating story of the four Massachusetts towns that were drowned in the making of the Quabbin Reservoir, as well as two detailed historical volumes about the railroad that served them from 1869 through 1935. In From Valley to Quabbin, 1938-1946, well-known local historian and publisher J. R. Greene tells the story of the final months of human habitation in the doomed Swift River valley as local institutions were dismembered, the landscape destroyed, and long-time residents forced to leave their homes so their lands could be flooded to build a gigantic reservoir for Boston.
In the first volume of Quabbin’s Railroad: The Rabbit, Greene detailed the founding and early history of the predecessor railroads that in 1880 became the Boston & Albany Railroad’s Athol Branch from Springfield through the four “drowned towns” to Athol. Volume II of Quabbin’s Railroad, published by Greene in 2007, continues the story of the line from the days of its operation by the B&A through its demise in 1935. Both volumes are now available from Branch Line Press.
BRANCH LINE PRESS has added matted, ready-to-frame prints of northeast railroad and traction photographs by Ron Karr to our catalog. We have reduced the price on Ron’s unmatted 8x10-inch glossy prints, and for a very modest additional cost we are offering the same great photos matted and ready to pop into standard 11x14-inch frames to hang in your home or office or to give to your favorite rail fan.
THE 3rd edition of our railroad history classic, Lost Railroads of New England by Ronald Dale Karr, comprises a fully annotated directory to all abandoned segments of every common carrier railroad operated in New England, updated through January 2010, as well as a concise history of the rise and fall of New England’s railroads. The new edition includes all new maps with detailed city maps for areas of dense railroad activity; many more photographs; and new sections on rail trails and abandoned lines that have been reinstated. Find out about the abandoned lines and rail rights of way in your favorite part of New England.
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NEW ENGLAND'S railroad history comprises more than the story of the rail lines and the trains that operated on them. In their heyday, the railroads built thousands of depots, stations, and freight houses, one or more in almost every town in New England. Even with much of the track gone and passenger trains no longer running in most of the region’s small towns, many of these old structures survive —often recycled as museums, shops, and private homes—and new ones have continued to be built in active rail areas. Some of these are excellent examples of period railroad architecture, both antique and contemporary. John H. Roy, Jr. spent two decades tracking down every one that is still extant. If you haven’t yet seen his comprehensive guide to the 450+ depots and stations throughout southern New England, then you’ve missed an important piece of New England’s railroad and architectural history. Check out A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses today!
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