East Manchester

A urban Rail-trail

Miles* Station Municipality
0.0 Manchester Manchester
2.02 East Manchester Manchester
5.02 Massabesic Manchester

* Railroad Miles from Manchester
Italic face - Station beyond end of trail
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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This potential rail-trail would begin at the railroad junction of the Lawrence & Manchester Branch on Manchester's south side, then run northeast to the East Manchester Station at Cypress Street. A rather lengthy industrial spur line adjacent to Valley Street should be included in the Rail-trail, if the land is not needed for the reconstruction of that street.

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The abandoned railroad bed has already been broken by a very recent expansion of the Elliot Hospital parking area just beyond the East Manchester Station. However the hospital might be willing to accepting a trail route through the hospital parking area. The trail would then continue east from the edge of the Elliot Hospital Parking area to the trail culvert under I-93.

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This project would then continue over a narrow informal trail that runs east from the trail culvert at I-93 to the end of the State-owned Portsmouth Branch Rail-Trail at Lake Shore Road. This urban extension of the existing Rail-trail would thus allow the residents of South and East Manchester to reach Lake Massabesic, and indeed continue east to Rockingham Junction between Newmarket and Newfields.

This trail would connect:

Note that the Manchester-Goffstown page suggests both a temporary and permanent means of connecting the two potential Rail-trails, to provide trail access to:

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Docket From MP To MP Year RR Miles
AB-32-60-X Manchester 37.10 Manchester 39.68 1995 B&M 2.58

This information is derived from a railroad abandonment notice published on page 10610 of the Federal Register on February 27, 1995 by the Interstate Commerce Commission. Unintentional errors are likely!

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

NH-DOT Planned Rail-trail & Bikeway projects

Name Route Number Description Years Cost
$(M)
Manchester Portsmouth Br. RR 12652 Acquisition of abandoned railroad corridor in Manchester for recreational purposses R1999
C1999
.845

Years: R= Right-of-way acquisition, C=Construction

From the Ten Year Transportation Improvement Program 1999-2008 prepared by the NH Department of Transportation and submitted to the Legislature by the Governor in December of 1997. Unintentional errors are likely!

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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