Lincoln, NH – Following a delayed opening due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, New Hampshire businesses and attractions state-wide have been authorized to open for the season with restrictions recommended by State and Federal authorities. Among the attractions now open is the popular Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad which is excited to welcome their guests back and to celebrate their 33rd consecutive season of operation.
“We were extremely pleased when Governor Sununu announced we would be able to open for the season”, stated Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. “Everyone on our Team spent weeks preparing to welcome our guests back. We’ve carefully followed the COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines provided by the State of NH to make sure our guests are not only comfortable when they arrive, but confident knowing that we’ve taken the steps necessary to ensure a fun, safe and healthy experience while they’re here.”
The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH offers 80-minute old-fashioned train rides along the winding Pemigewasset River from Lincoln to Woodstock crossing the river numerous times in each direction. Throughout the summer, restored vintage coaches depart Hobo Junction Station each day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The Hobo Junction Gift Shop opens daily at 10am and stocks an assortment of train-related gifts and toys as well as post cards, collectibles and Hobo Railroad T-shirts and sweatshirts for all ages. Snacks, ice cream treats, soft drinks and bottled water are also available for guests to enjoy aboard the train.
The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad offers train rides along the western shore of New Hampshire’s largest lake. Departing daily throughout the summer from Meredith and Weirs Beach to Lakeport and back, guests relax aboard restored vintage coaches while riding on rail from the late 1800’s when the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad was active. Meredith Station, where the trains originate, offers 2-hour train rides with departures each day at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. As an option, guests in the Weirs Beach area can enjoy 1- or 2-hour train rides from the Railroad’s Ticket Booth located on the Boardwalk with trains departing at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm each day.
Those planning to enjoy a train ride are asked to purchase tickets in advance through the Railroad’s web site at www.HoboRR.com. After purchasing tickets online, guests will receive a confirmation E-mail which provides them with details they will need to become familiar with prior to arrival. All guests should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to their departure time.
In accordance with New Hampshire’s COVID-19 Guidelines, guests can feel comfortable knowing that all coaches at the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Railroad are sanitized before and after each run, windows and doors are left open to maximize fresh air circulation and seating capacity has been limited to 50% in support of social distancing requirements. Masks are also asked to be worn unless consuming food or beverages while aboard the train.
The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln is just off Exit 32 on I-93, left on Route 112 and located directly across from McDonalds. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is located at 154 Main Street in Meredith with a satellite ticket booth located on the Boardwalk at 211 Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach. For information regarding advance tickets and departure times visit www.HoboRR.com or follow the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad on Facebook.