NHBM: Model Steam Train Exhibit

The New Hampshire Boat Museum exhibit “Letting off Steam: Escaping to New Hampshire during the Golden Age of Steam” includes a model steam train exhibit which was the Wolfeboro section of the layout at the Klickety-Klack Model Railroad that was open for many years in Wolfeboro, now closed. The layout has buildings from several eras from 1872 when the railroad and the Mount Washington first came to Wolfeboro, through the early 1900s when the O.P. Berry Mill was built, as well as some later additions.

  • Wolfeborough Railroad Station built in 1872 for the arrival of the first Eastern Railroad train.
  • Wolfeboro Railroad Freight House built in 1872, soon to be the home of the Lakes Region Model Railroad Museum
  • Boston & Maine Railroad Wharf Building built in 1872. The B & M Railroad operated the Mount Washington, and later took over the railroad in 1891. The building burned down in 1899 along with the near-by three story Goodwin Block.
  • The O.P. Berry Mill manufactured wooden tool handles, and excelsior, fine wood shavings used as packing material.
  • The Peavey Block was built in 1889 and survived the 1899 fire that destroyed several near-by buildings.

Engines

Models of four of the engines that brought trains to Wolfeboro are on the track:

Rolling Stock

Some types of railroad cars that were parts of trains to Wolfeboro:

Other Railroading Items on Display

S.S. Mount Washington

Credits

The Klickety-Klack Wolfeboro Section and the Engines and other rolling stock, and the 1881 railroad and boat schedules, and hotel rates are on loan to the New Hampshire Boat Museum by Tracy and G. Marc Whitehead of Chicago who have thoughtfully preserved this portion of Wolfeboro and model railroading history.

The HO Scale O.P. Berry Excelsior Mill Complex was built by Paul Turner (1947-2016).

The HO Scale waterline model of the S.S. Mount Washington was built by David Warren for the Lakes Region Model Railroad Museum.

Historical Photos are from the Wolfeboro Historical Society Image Archive and Postcard Archive.

Video of Wolfeboro Railroad Train Simulation is by Russ Schundler.

Links

Wolfeboro Railroad 1872-1985, Winnipesaukee Forum

Wolfeborough Railroad, an in Depth History, Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society