This map shows the former Manchester and Lawrence branch in North Londonderry and Manchester. The M&L is the greyed out railroad line that goes by the airport. Across the river is the mainline track going up to Bow and beyond. There is still iron down in Manchester and from North Londonderry to Harvey road.
This is technially in Londonderry but I include it here because it shows the right of way at the Manchester airport. What you are looking at is the right of way. If you were standing where this picture was taken you would see in the distance ties and maybe some iron. If you look carefully in this picture you can just barely make out the remains of the right of way int he distance, just to theright of the trees in the foreground.
This is a closer view of the above picture. These pictures were taken during the summer, I have not been back there in a few months so it's possible the view has completely changed.
Here is a view from a little further away, the road directly ahead of the car, not the one my caris on, was built on the old Manchester and Lawrence. Note that the road is up on an embankment somewhat.
Here is another view, this one driving on the old M&L.
Back at the gate, driving on the M&L. Looking south.
Here is a view from the other end of the airport property. Harvey Rd is in front of you. there is still iron that runs inside the fence and along the fence.
View just inside the fence, you can see how the tracks run just along the fence. Why they couldn't have put the fence on the other side of the tracks and left the tracks alone is beyond me.
Better view of tracks inside the fence.
View from the other end The remaining ties and iron are barely visible near the center of this picture, just to the right of the trees.
Picture taken from same location, just turned around. Road in foreground was built on old right of way.
Here we are in Manchester, just north of the W. Perimeter Rd grade crossing. We have some iron still down.
West Perimeter Rd grade crossing looking towards the airport. There is a sign there that tells you in no uncertain terms to keep out. The airport is just beyond those trees so it is no wonder that they don't want people in there.
Another view, this time closer, of the W. Perimeter Rd crossing, note the iron still in the road.
Milepost, just north of the crossing. Still have three miles to Manchester even though we are within the town lines of Manchester.
Another view of the post, seems trees and branches are always getting in the way.
Up a little further all we have is just ties.
Someone stole the iron but at least the ties are still there.
Bridge up ahead. Note the iron on the bridge with guard rails.
Back at the crossing.
There are a few more miles of the M&L to explore in Manchester.
I'll be doing that in the spring and we'll continue this page.
A short distance north of the Perimeter Rd grade crossing is the Cohas Brook Trestle. We found it looking around the industrial park and through the woods we could barely make out the trestle which is quite high. 40 or 50 feet above the water. See the link below for the photo gallery. Unfortunately the sun wasn't at an optimum angle so it was tough to get good pictures.
The Cohas Brook Trestle