Hobo / Winnipesaukee Railroads


hobo_logo In 1975 the Profile Paper Co. announced intentions to reopen the mill at Lincoln, NH, provided that rail service was available. The State of New Hampshire purchased the Concord to Lincoln trackage in 1975, repaired it, and resumed service with the Wolfeboro Railroad serving as the first of several operators. The Lincoln paper mill closed for good in 1977, with much of the mill site becoming condominiums and outlet stores in the years since then. Freight service, as required, is provided by the Concord-based New England Southern Railroad, and passenger excursions are operated by the Clark family of Lincoln as the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad between Meredith and Laconia and the Hobo Railroad in the Lincoln - Woodstock area. In 1986 the Plymouth & Lincoln Railroad was formed with the purpose of operating a theme park and railroad out of Lincoln NH. Edward Clark and his wife Brenda Clark were the owners. Trains have been operating since then between Lincoln and Woodstock a distance of 7 miles.

The Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads

hobo_state The Hobo Railroad is a tourist-hauling shortline operating two routes in central New Hampshire. One, in Lincoln, offers passenger excursion trains through the White Mountains. The other, based in Meredith and known as the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, offers passenger excursion operation in the central Lakes Region. The company leases various segments of state-owned trackage, including a long segment from Tilton to Lincoln totaling 54 miles. Shops are maintained in Lincoln, where contracted rebuilding services are offered to other railroads.

Motive Power

Hobo Railroad #958

  • builder:American Locomotive Company
  • model:S-1
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Oct 1949, Alco #77108
  • series:550 produced 1940-50
  • engine:Alco 539, 660hp
  • notes:
  • ex Maine Central #958
    to Maine Coast #958
    to Hobo Railroad #958
  • builder

    Hobo Railroad #1186

  • builder:American Locomotive Company
  • model:S-3
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Jun 1952, Alco #80052
  • series:292 produced 1950-53
  • engine:Alco 539, 660hp
  • notes:
  • blt Boston & Maine #1186
    to Otter Valley Railroad
    to Wolfeboro Railroad
    to Hobo Railroad #1186
  • builder

    New England Southern #566

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • rebuilder:Illinois Central Gulf
  • model:GP10 "Paducah rebuild"
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:1995, EMD GP9
  • engine:EMD 567
  • notes:
  • blt for New York Central
    to Conrail, rebuilt by ICG Paducah shops
    to New England Southern #566
  • builder


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    This page was updated on 2017-08-26