MEREDITH — The Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is advising the public that the rail line between Lincoln and Tilton is now active for the 2015 season. Various train operations will take place from now through late December, including excursion trains, special tourist trains and other equipment moves.
As a result, the railroad would like to remind the public that caution should be exercised at all times 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 or park on or near a railroad crossing.
In an effort to promote the message of railroad safety, the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads works closely with Operation Lifesaver, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works diligently 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," stated Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Railroad. "Safety is always our first priority."
For the Hobo Railroad, scenic tourist excursion trains will depart from Hobo Junction in Lincoln on weekends starting Saturday, May 23 before switching to daily operations on Thursday, June 25 for the summer and into the fall. The one hour and twenty minute round-trip excursions travel along the Pemigewasset River between Lincoln, North Woodstock and Woodstock, and cross several roadways and bridges along the way.
The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, which is based in Meredith and Weirs Beach will also open for weekend operations on Saturday, May 23. Daily operations will get underway on Thursday, June 25 for one and two hour round-trip excursions along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay.
For more information including departure times, tickets and special events, visit www.HoboRR.com or call the main office at (603) 745-2135.
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