Granite State Interurban, A History of the Concord & Manchester Electric Branch
Granite State Interurban, A History of the Concord & Manchester Electric Branch
Granite State Interurban, A History of the Concord & Manchester Electric Branch
Granite State Interurban, A History of the Concord & Manchester Electric Branch

Granite State Interurban, A History of the Concord & Manchester Electric Branch

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A Granite State Interurban History of the Concord and Manchester Electric Branch
 
A Granite State Interurban History of the Concord and Manchester Electric Branch
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ERHS Bulletin #12
By O.R. Cummings
Copyright 1954 March
35 pages
History of the Concord and Manchester Electric Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad
This is the story of one of New Hampshire's two interurbans-the Concord and Manchester Electric Branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad, later known as the Concord Electric Railways, which, from 1902 to 1933, connected Concord, the Granite State capital, with the industrial city of Manchester as well as operating a local system in Concord and a suburban route from Concord to the neighboring communities of WestConcord and Penacook.
The Concord and Manchester was built by the Boston &Maine as an experiment and is said to have been the first electric road of the typical sort to be constructed by a steam railroad company as an integral part of its general system. The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad had electrified several of its branches at an earlier date but these had existed previously as steam-operated lines.
Local lines in Concord and the Penacook route were those taken over by the B&M from the Concord Street Railway, a narrow gauge road which began operation as the Concord Horse Railroad in 1881 and was electrified in 1890 to become the first electric railway in New Hampshire. The B&M widened these lines to standard gauge and operated them in conjunction with the Concord-Manchester interurban.
The following narrative relates the history of the Concord and Manchester Electric Branch from the chartering of the Concord Horse Railroad in 1878 to the motorization of the Concord Electric Railways 55 years later and is divided into four parts, each dealing with one particular phase of the history. Maps and tables have been extensively used and there is as complete as possible a description and roster of rolling stock and equipment.

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