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All photos by Ron Goodenow. Reproduction without Ron's permission is prohibited.

License plates in New Hampshire scream 'Live Free or Die.' If the state's congressional delegation has its way most Granite Staters will pass on to the Beyond without ever riding a train to work or visit Aunt Fannie in Florida -- and they would equally bless the rest of us. There will be a couple of long-resisted stops in the delayed Portland-Boston timetable, and the Vermonter runs over some state soil, but the increasingly traffic choked Concord-Manchester-Lowell corridor is utterly devoid of passenger rail and the restoration of any cross-state Boston-Montreal service or trains to popular White Mountain ski and summer resorts -- and too many poverty-stricken towns without any public transit whatsoever -- are but a gleam in too few eyes, with such creative planning and implementation left to good folks of Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts. It wasn't always that way.

Well into the 1960s the Boston and Maine provided several frequencies a day along the coast and up to Concord -- and slightly beyond for the odd RDC. On the left is the summer only train between Boston and Meredith, stopping at Weirs Beach in 1962, perhaps its last year. On the right, photographed in July 2000, is one of the Winnipesaukee Scenic RR trains which ply the route between Meredith and Lakeport, stopping at Weirs Beach with a motley collection of B&M castoffs. In the Autumn it joins cross-state rival Conway Scenic in reaching into the North Country.


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