Claremont Rail-Trail

Rail-trail Under Construction

Claremont Parks and Rec. Dept. 
130 Broad St., Claremont, NH 03743

The state of NH, currently the owner, does not consider this trail to be open for use by the public!  [Bob Spoerl <b_spoerl@gwsmtp.dred.state.nh.us>]


Miles*

Station

Settlement

Municipality

--?-- [East end] Claremont Claremont
54.81 Claremont Claremont Claremont

* = Railroad miles from Concord.
Dark face = telegraph station in 1923

Mileage and Station Names from the Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations of the Boston & Maine Railroad, July 1,1923
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Topo map from TopoZone Web Site USGS Topo map of Claremont

Old building and LaVallee entrance across from West End. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on June 11, 1998.

The historic Claremont Railroad Station was apparently located at Pleasant Street.

A rail-trail is under construction within Claremont between Pleasant Street and the Railroad Bridge just west of Washington Street. The trail is nicely surfaced with the cinder ballast that was left when the rails and ties were removed. This short rail-trail runs through the center of the city - but nevertheless it is a surprisingly green and natural oasis in the middle of this very urban residential area.

Sugar River Bridge at East End. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on June 11, 1998.

Bridge Out The Sugar River Bridge must not be used due to the many hazardous gaps between the open railroad ties as well as the complete lack of railings on the bridge!

The railroad bridge must be provided with decking and railings before it is safe for public use. Tragically, the bridge is apparently used on a regular basis despite its very hazardous condition. 

Old Railroad Right of way along Washington St. Digital photograph by Kenyon F. Karl on June 11, 1998.

Land ownership problems may also require resolution resolved along the Washington Street shopping strip. But once these two important problems are resolved, the Claremont Rail-trail will connect directly to the Sugar River Trail that begins just east of this shopping strip!

Washington Street is currently dominated by automobiles to the point that walking and biking in the area is distressingly hazardous. This rail-trail extension must be considered as an inexpensive solution ped/bike safety for the eastern half of the shopping strip as well as a delightful pedestrian/bicycle shortcut between the shopping center and the central area of Claremont. Last but not least, this extension would allow the residents of Claremont to quickly and easily escape to the natural beauty of the Sugar River Trail!

Point of Interest Listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
376 Pleasant St.
(Claremont)
Washington St.
(Claremont)
1988 C&C 1.5

C&C = Claremont & Concord Railroad

From the Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994 in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996

1895 County Atlas - showing railroads [very slow loading]:

Federal ISTEA Funding Summary

Cycle Project Name City Activity Federal $ Match $ Total $
1993 Acq. of Abandoned RR line Claremont Combination $130,400 $32,600 $163,000
From a table of ISTEA Enhancement Funded Projects in New Hampshire prepared by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in July 1998

NH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ACTION

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Authorized purchase and sale agreement with Claremont Railway Co., Westfield, MA in the amount of $300,000. and further Authorized to accept abandoned railroad property owned by Claremont Railway Co.

Item #146 of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AGENDA for April 23, 1997 10:00 a.m.

Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on February 22, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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