• Plymouth & Lincoln Railroad (HOBO, Winnipesaukee Scenic)

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by NHV 669
There's nothing wrong with being criticized; chin up man. I've been critiqued and corrected plenty of times on these boards. Happens to everyone, we ain't perfect.
  by Who
To echo what NH 669 said, this is discussion board, ideas get critiqued all the time, nobody is shaming. I brought up the topic of winter operations, because I thought it would make a great discussion, and that it did.

I was in Lincoln/N. Woodstock this past weekend, the place was jam packed with people, the majority of them were skiers/snow boarders, others were snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. There were plenty of people going store to store (window shoppers), restaurants were packed, and the bars were full. I absolutely believe if the Hobo opened up on the weekends during the winter, people would buy tickets for a train ride. No need to market anything special, just being open would draw people, its proven itself with the Conway Scenic and the Cog Railway.
  by highballartist
Winter operations out of Lincoln would be great, but I do agree with previous commenters that something a little more should be offered as well (such as a location to get off with a fire and snacks like the cog does). Running to Jack'O Lantern where they usually turn around and putting some things there sounds good, but the problem with that is they don't own the land there, so they would need to negotiate with the golf course to do something like that. In fact, I think the only land the P&L owns anywhere near Lincoln is the station in Lincoln correct me if i'm wrong). Tracks are owned by the state. It's also a bit of a shame the ice castles have been moved away from the station, which could have provided a nice draw for train rides.
  by b&m 1566
Looking at the towns tax map, the state's ownership ends along side the miniature golf course, where the pond is the closest to the tracks.
  by ConwayScenic252
There are also new owners of the Jack O Lantern. I have no idea what their plan is for the railroad.
  by NHV 669
They're not affiliated with the RR, so I don't see why they would have any "plans" for the operation. The trains are listed as a local attraction on the resort website.
  by highballartist
Something that must be mentioned is the fact that the entire line from Lochmere to Lincoln turns into a snowmobile trail for local snowmobile clubs, effective from Jan 1 to Mar 31. The railroad would have to come up with an agreement with the snowmobile groups to be able to run trains during those months, which they may not be enthusiastic about.
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