Rail Transportation

There are approximately 443 miles of active railroad in New Hampshire. The state is the largest railroad owner with over 200 miles of active line, purchased to preserve freight service to industry, or promote tourism and economic development.

Passenger rail service in New Hampshire is provided by the Vermonter, with a stop at Claremont Junction as well as Vermont communities in the Connecticut Valley. See the full list and links below.

Tourist excursion railroads also make an important contribution to the state's rail infrastructure, keeping the state-owned railroad lines open and maintained and playing a key role in the tourism industry. See the full list and links below.

The State also owns approximately 330 miles of abandoned railroad corridors, purchased to preserve them for future transportation use. Most of these are used as recreation trails under the management of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Bureau of Trails.

Rail-related projects, studies and solicitations of interest: