Winnipesaukee Scenic, Hobo RRs open for season

LINCOLN — Officials at the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads are advising the public that the rail line between Lincoln and Tilton is once again active for the 2014 season. Various train operations will continue through December, including excursion trains, special tourist trains and other equipment moves.

The railroad is reminding the public that precaution should be exercised around moving trains and to always expect a train. Other safety considerations to keep in mind include grade crossing signals, which should always be obeyed. Drivers should stop when they hear whistle signals at grade crossings and never try to beat a train at a crossing.

In an effort to promote the message of railroad safety, the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads have joined forces with Operation Lifesaver, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works to improve railroad safety through engineering, education and enforcement. "People need to be aware of the potential danger around moving rail equipment, even when rail cars and locomotives are moving at slow speeds." said Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Railroad. "Safety is our first priority."

For the Hobo Railroad, scenic tourist excursion trains will depart from Hobo Junction in Lincoln on weekends in May and early June before switching to daily operations June 28 for the summer and into the fall. The one hour and twenty minute round trip train excursions travel along the Pemigewasset River and cross several roadways. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad will also open for weekend operations in May and early June and change to daily operations June 28 from Meredith and Weirs Beach for one and two hour excursions along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay.