Snow Trains!


This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a skier. I'm a great fan of skiing having skied most every area in northern New England. One thing I never did though was get there via a train.

Check out this vintage snow train poster circa 1939 printed by the Boston and Maine railroad. What you are looking at is Mount Washington and it's deep ravines in the background so this ski area pictured would be Wildcat Mountain.

Snow trains of the Boston and Maine Railroad started in January, 1931. They transported from Boston the first of 197 passengers, mainly ski club members, to visit New Hampshire that winter. In 1934 one train alone was recorded to have carried 2933 passengers to North Woodstock for snow play. By the end of the season in 1934, the B&M Railroad claimed to have carried more than 41,000 skiers to various parts of New Hampshire and New England along several different branches since it began operation in 1931. It is said that winter enthusiasts watched the Friday Boston evening papers to see if they were off to Lincoln, North Conway or another New England ski destination.

Snow trains lasted until 1971 when the B&M went bankrupt. In 2008 the MBTA started weekend snow train service along a former B&M line from North Station in Boston to Mount Wachusett in Princeton, Massachusetts, it's only destination.

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