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1884 Boston & Maine Railroad Map

1884 system map of the Boston & Maine railroad. In 1884, the B&M was a small regional line that hugged the New England coast between Boston and Portland, Maine. Its longest inland spur led directly to Alton Bay. Looking at this map, and seeing how at this time the B&M did not extend south of Boston, or even west past Lowell, it is hard to imagine how this line became the dominant New England railroad only twenty years later.

Here is a plan for an extension of the line from Alton Bay to Laconia and Weirs Beach. Known as the Lake Shore Railroad, the extension to Laconia (actually to Lakeport), opened on June 17, 1890, and closed on May 25, 1935. The proposed branch connecting Gilford to Weirs Beach was never built.

This 1921 Rand McNally map of New Hampshire shows the named stops on the Lake Shore Railroad. There were 20 stops in all.

The front cover of the 1884 B&M system map.

The 1884 timetable.