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A Summer Vacation Destination!

June 7, 2012

In the years following 1929 rail passenger traffic had fallen by one half and railroads were seeking to discontinue unprofitable passenger service.

The Boston and Maine-Maine Central Railroads were in dire straits that reflected the times.

The tradition in America is that when we face adversity we bring technology and ingenuity to the fore. And so it was that the Boston and Maine-Maine Central Railroads undertook to order a new train that was truly revolutionary, The Flying Yankee.

Over the years the Yankee ran under different names as it served various parts of Northern New England. The Cheshire, The Minuteman, The Business Man.

The Yankee went to war in World War II continuing to provide fast consistent service. Following World War II, the streamline era, whose design was begun with the Yankee and the Zephyrs, had a glorious but brief time in our history. The Super Chief, The City of New Orleans, The Crescent, The Twentieth Century had their glory days.

In the early 1950’s President Eisenhower signed into law the National Defense Highway Act and with that began the building of the Interstate Highway System. For the first time in a century, America recast and rethought the way it would move people and freight. Bold new rights of way were carved across the nation from sea to sea. The last time we’d redone these paths of commerce was over 100 years before. Rails replacing canals.

So it was that on May 7, 1957, The Yankee’s service was discontinued. The train set was donated by the B and M to the Edaville Railroad in Carver, Massachusetts.

It sat there for almost 40 years until a visionary, Bob Morrell, determined to purchase the train, bring it to New Hampshire, restore it to operating condition, and provide for it to run again as an example of American ingenuity in the face of adversity.

The train was stored in Glen, NH until 1997 when it was moved over the road to the shops of the Claremont Concord Railroad at Claremont Junction, NH. From there, Phase I of the Flying Yankee’s restoration was completed which included structural restoration as well as some of the interior and exterior cosmetic work. In August of 2005, the Flying Yankee was moved over the roadways for one final time to the shops of the Plymouth & Lincoln (Hobo) Railroad in Lincoln, NH where the restoration of this historic streamliner will be completed.

The goal is for the Yankee to serve as an icon for education, tourism, and economic development. A tall ship for rail commerce.

Make this part of your summer vacation destinations!  Here are some dates of events at the Flying Yankee!  Enjoy!

Saturday June 30, 10AM – 4PM  –  Start of Hobo Railroad 25 th Anniversary
Saturday July 7 & July 21, 10AM – 4PM  –  Summer Vacation Hours
Saturday August 4 & August 18, 10AM – 4PM  –  Fun, Fun, and More Fun
Saturday September 1 and September 15, 10AM – 3PM  –  Back to School
Saturday October 10, 10AM – 3PM  –  Fall Foliage in the White Mountains, NH
Open House tours are free of charge.  Donations gratefully welcome.  The Flying Yankee Restoration Group is a 501(c)3 organization,  all volunteer personnel,  allowing all donations/funds  to be applied directly to the restoration.

Don’t see a date compatible with your visit/stay to this area.  Call us ahead of time  at 603-661-3317.  We will be happy to make arrangements to provide you with a tour of the Flying Yankee during your visit.
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