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.
Just out this summer is Bondcliff’s revised and expanded edition of famed rail historian Bill Gove’s first White Mountains logging railroad history: 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 With over 100 additional pages and dozens of previously unpublished photographs, Bill Gove has assembled 40 years of exhaustive research into a fascinating story of one of New England’s most colorful lumber barons and the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.
WITH DETAILED maps and numerous photographs, New Hampshire Rail Trails is the most comprehensive guide yet written on the extensive network of rail trails in the state of New Hampshire.
Charles F. Martin has logged hundreds of hours and hundreds of bicycle miles exploring every available trail on the rights of way of this state's former railroads. He shares his experience and expertise in an inviting, well-researched guide that includes capsule histories of the railroads that operated here, followed by detailed maps and descriptions of the trails that have taken their place.
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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!
THANKS TO all the folks who stopped by to see us at the Amherst Railway Society's mammoth Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield Jan. 29-30, 2011. We had a great time meeting all of you.