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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1ST edition (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596293608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596293601
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Rail Hystorian on April 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Attractively formatted, well organized and containing crisp B&W images, A History of the Boston & Maine Railroad (Exploring New Hampshire's Rugged Heart by Rail) is unfortunately somewhat less than its title promises. While author Dr. Bruce Heald has created an organized presentation of disparate information, photographs and anecdotes from the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society archives, these tantalizing threads fail weave a cohesive historical tapestry of an otherwise unique New England railroad.

Beyond a brief overview of well known 19th century political and corporate amalgamations that forged the Boston & Maine System, readers may find interest in (unfortunately incomplete) chapters on New Hampshire's logging railroads and a first-hand employee account of operating the B&M Snow Trains in the 1930s and 1940s. The balance of material, organized by route, offers little more than a narrative describing town-to-town pastoral topography and non-railroad social and historical highlights that appear to have been extracted from B&M travel guides of the 19th Century.

Those new to the B&M and New Hampshire region may find the work an interesting introduction, however, those expecting a connected history of the facilities, train services and accomplishments of the Boston & Maine Railroad to the New Hampshire countryside should look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Turmelle on June 22, 2009
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Page 58 in "Ascent of Mount Washington via the Railway." Author states "no person is known to have been injured upon it, nor has any serious accident ever taken place along its line." In 1929, Old Peppersass was descending the track, a pinion gear broke and derailed the engine which overturned killing one person. In 1967, a descending train climbed over an improperly place section of track, the engine fell of the track and the coach careened down the track for about 500 feet and fell over killing 8 people, 3 of which were children. Two were husband and wife from Dover, N.H.
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