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I am deeply concerned and alarmed regarding the recent proposals to tear up a section of the Concord-Lincoln rail line that runs through Laconia in order to make way for an extension to the WOW trail.Click here to read the rest.
This would be a grave mistake, both for the city and the state.
The Concord-Lincoln line remains an active rail line, one that hosts no less than three different railroad companies: the Plymouth and Lincoln Railroad, Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train and the New England Southern railroad, which is the sole provider of freight rail service in central New Hampshire. These companies provide a crucial boost to the state’s economy. Severing the line would result in the truncation of New England Southern’s northern service limit, as well as completely severing the Plymouth and Lincoln Railroad and the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train from the remainder of the U.S. rail network. This cannot happen.
To Gilford and Meredith voters: I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, November 6th. I am running as a Democrat for state representative for the District 2 towns of Gilford and Meredith.
I have lived in N.H. for 20 years and Gilford for 10 years and grew up in a military family before that. I am a former science professor at Lakes Region Community College and have had the opportunity to volunteer extensively in the community over those years. This includes being president of the WOW Trail and serving on Laconia and Gilford Conservation Commissions. I am a member and current president of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association and a former appointee to the N.H. Lakes Management Advisory Committee and the State Trails Advisory Committee.
Beetle said it costs about $1 million per mile to build a trail alongside the tracks, while building it over the railbed would cost about $100,000 per mile.Laconia Daily Sun
“This has a significant potential impact,” he said, “but it’s a longshot.”
The state owns the corridor and the law gives railroads top priority over other uses.
“Clearly, there is significant opposition” to removing the rails, Beetle said, according to a video recording of the meeting. “Clearly, it won’t happen without new legislation — it’s against the law to take those tracks up — but we believe it’s a question this community should be asking.”