I'm going to go ahead and throw a knuckleball into this thread. Now before I go on, I just want say, I don't believe the railroad will expand south, east, west or north for that matter (Quebec Jct) but that is just my humble opinion.
I just read an article earlier today (I can't for the life of me find it right now), about restoring the ski slopes and gondola rides (that cross over rye 16.) in W. Ossipee. The owner of the land wants to bring the area back to its former glory, bring new life back into that community and he's got the money to do it (among other things, he owns the radio tower at the top of Nickerson Mt). The article mention about building a restaurant at the top of Nickerson Mt., that could be accessible by the gondola rides, adding nature trails and things like that. With the new adventure the Conway Scenic has ventured into with Attitash (which I thought would never happen), could something similar take place for the W. Ossipee area, to connect the Ossipee Valley area with the Mt. Washington Valley? The ROW does offer some scenery (Chain of Ponds and Silver Lake). With atleast 3 different investors (state, railroad and private) could the restoration of rail down to Mt. Whittier Station be plausible? If W. Ossipee is revitalized, would or should expansion be considered?
It takes real skill to choke on air, fall up the stairs and trip over nothing. I have those skills.