Posts Tagged ‘Conway Scenic railroad’

Steam Saturday: More New Hampshire Memories

April 3, 2021

Our many vacations to New Hampshire always included visits to railroad attractions. I always shot photos while Ursula provided video coverage as seen in the photo at Bartlett, New Hampshire of Conway Scenic 0-6-0 ex-Canadian National No, 7470.

At North Woodstock, New Hampshire, we visited the Clark’s Trading Post, which is famous

for the trained bear shows and logging railroad steam collection.

We were fortunate to get a cab ride in Climax No. 6.

I’m sure Betty and Barney Hill would have made the same choice as we did.

The excursion they had the privilege to go on supposedly was just up the road from Clark’s 50 years previous.

Our adventures were September 2011. Betty & Barney’s was September 1961.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Two New England Railroad Favorites

December 22, 2020

Ursula and I vacationed in New England for the first time in September 1990. We fell in love with New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

Because of that we returned more than 10 times over the next 25 years.

I conducted research to locate some special railroad locations for photography.

Above are two of my favorite spots. On trips in later years we at times returned to those spots in the hope of getting an even better photograph.

However, after studying my photos I found our first trip produced the best and favorite of my photos.

In the top image  Green Mountain RS1 No. 405 passes the Bartonsville, Vermont, covered bridge on the former Rutland Railway.

The RS1 is also ex-Rutland. The bridge is also special.

Built in 1869, it spans the Williams River which branches off the Connecticut River north of Bellows Falls, Vermont.

On Aug. 28, 2011, flash floods from Hurricane Irene washed the bridge away. A new bridge was constructed and opened Jan. 26, 2013.

My photo shows the 1869 bridge and was made on Sept. 3, 2000.

The bottom photo was made at Intervale, New Hampshire, about three miles northwest of North Conway.

The Conway Scenic train is returning to North Conway on the ex-Maine Central (Mountain Division) line.

The spot was special because of the sag in the straightaway and especially because of Mt. Washington some 25 miles in the distance. The photo was made on Sept. 5, 2000.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Fascination With New Hampshire Railroads

October 21, 2020

Ursula and I have a fascination for New Hampshire and we made return visits in 1995 and 1996.

In late summer 1995 we were present for the inaugural excursion of Conway Scenic’s reopening of the former Maine Central Crawford Notch line.

On Aug. 29, 1995, we scouted to decide on photo and video locations. In October 1996 we returned for an encore and also to revisit North Conway and ex-Canadian National 0-6-0 No. 7470.

The top photograph shows the famous ball signal at Whitefield, New Hampshire, where the Maine Central crossed the Boston & Maine.

The excursion train did not travel this far west, but I still wanted to photograph it since I read about it. The image was made on Aug. 29, 1995.

The next two images are both from Sept. 1, 1995. The first of the two is at Willey Brook trestle while the next image was made at Notchland.

Skipping ahead to Oct. 1, 1995, we made images in Fabyans, Crawfords, North Conway.

The first of the North Conway images shows a golf cart path crossing.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas