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A Trip on the White Mountain Central Railroad 6/21/2015



by Chris Guenzler



We drove to the Clark Trading Post just north of Lincoln, New Hampshire and parked in their lot.





White Mountain Central Railroad Climax 6 was steamed up and waiting for the 1:30 PM train. We went inside and they called the PR person who gave us lanyards that allowed for access to the entire park here at the Clark Trading Post.





White Mountain Central Railroad Climax 6.





The train and the Clark Trading Post station.





What makes the White Mountain Central Railroad Climax 6 unique.





My delightful and fun Clark Trading Post PR person.





The rear of the wood burning White Mountain Central Railroad Climax 6.





White Mountain Central Railroad Saddletank 2-4-2T 5.

White Mountain Central Railroad Background Information



The White Mountain Central Railroad is the short heritage railway at Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is notable as being one of the few places in New England with regular steam locomotive operation, as well as being a very rare example of a purpose-built tourist railroad (like those found in amusement parks and theme parks) that uses 4 standard gauge track instead of narrow gauge track.

Route

The entrance building to Clark's Trading Post doubles as the train station. From there, the train leaves north through the park, and then past the small locomotive shop. The railroad crosses the Pemigewasset River on a covered bridge and then heads into a wooded area. In this section of the railroad, an actor playing a wild prospector named "the Wolfman" chases the train in a primitive car. Finally, the railroad goes under a ramp for Interstate 93 and terminates.

Schedule and fare

The railroad operates whenever Clark's Trading Post is open, between late May and early October. There are between one and seven round trips per day, depending on the park's hours. Each trip is 30 minutes long, and the fare is included in the Trading Post admission price. During one weekend in September, Railroad Days are celebrated, with extra trains and special consists.

History

Construction on the railroad began in 1955. The first train ride was on July 30, 1958. The covered bridge was moved from East Montpelier, Vermont, and was reconstructed in its current location between 1963 and 1965.

The Trip



We boarded this open air car on the White Mountain Central Railroad





This is our route looking north from the station.





We left the Clark Trading Post station.





The train ran by the false front buildings.





The view looking north as we started our trip.





The clouds are hanging over the White Mountains.





The train ran under the water tower at the Clark Trading Post.





The train came to the White Mountain Central Railroad shop switch.





There are things on display along this railroad.





A small switcher.





A wood burning steam engine needs plenty of wood.





Two fake caboose bodies along our route.





More things on display.





Here the train nears the White Mountain Central Railroad Covered Bridge.





The train ran through the White Mountain Central Railroad Covered Bridge.





Here after the White Mountain Central Railroad Covered Bridge. you find the Wolfman. The Wolfman scared two of the little kids. The one near us said "I want to go back to the hotel!!!!!!" She cried everytime she heard the Wolfman's voice.





The Wolfman's Primitive Car. He uses this to drive from place to place along the railroad.





The train ran to the next curve on the railroad.





The train took the curve.





The train ran down the straight track.





The Wolfman next tried lighting a bomb to stop the train but it was a dud.





The train took another curve at a crossing the Wolfman uses.





Heading for a section of straight track.





Looking back at the train on the curve.





The train ran by this equipment along our route this afternoon.





The train ran by the siding.





This is the Wolfman's Mine.





The train takes the next curve.





The Wolfman always shoots his rifle into the air when he sees the train. The liitle girl screams and cries when she hears it.





Three views of the Pemigewasset River.





The train took one last curve.





Passing under Interstate 93 with Wolfman Burma Shave signs along the tracks.





The train is nearing the end of track.





The end of track.





View of the Pemigewasset River.





Conductor Ryan getting poeple to talk to get rid of the Wolfman. I finally told the little girl that I would protect her and if the Wolfman came onto the train, I would throw him off. She was all smiles after that!





The view inside our covered open air car.





The train started heading back to the Clark Trading Post station.





The train taking the curve.





The Wolfman sees and hears the train then takes off after it.





He rides through the woods chasing us and gets ahead of the train.





He shoots his rifle then runs to his car.





He crosses the tracks behind the train.





We ran by the Wolfman's bomb. The Wolfman threatened to blow up the White Mountain Central Railroad Covered Bridge.





The train picked up speed.





The train made it safely across the White Mountain Central Railroad Covered Bridge.





The train ran by all of the displays.





We reuturned to the station and I found we had ridden in the Perry Car on our trip.





The train back at the station.





A Linn pick up truck.





A Vulcan Diesel switcher 2.





United States GE 44 tonner built 1943.





The Shop building of the White Mountain Central Railroad.





Inside of the shop.





Lombard Steam Log Hauler.





The White Mountain Central Railroad Covered Bridge.





The wood pile for the Climax steam engine.





We walked back by the train.





This kid ran his Segway into a bush.





GMRC box car X509.





GMRC box car X506. We stopped by the Gift Shop but our PR Person was not there. We headed back to the station.





After returning our lanyards, here is a model on display at the train station. We left the Clark Trading Post then parked along the highway and waited for the 2:30 PM train to make its run.





Lombard Steam Log Hauler.





White Mountain Central Railroad Steam Shovel 3.





A Buffalo Springfield steam roller. Next we heard the train blow its whistle as it left the station.











The 2:30 PM White Mountain Central Railroad train passed our photo location. A special thank you to the Clark Trading Post and the White Mountain Central Railroad for having us visit today! We drove north to the Parker's Motel and checked in. We relaxed for a while before we left for our last train ride of this day.



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