New Hampshire’s Hidden Gem: Explore a Train Museum and Model Railroad Inside Old Boxcars
Gorham, New Hampshire, is a beautiful town, especially the area of the Gorham Common with its athletic fields, farmer's market, and park overlooked by Gorham's Town Hall.
Gorham, New Hampshire, is a railroad town. The St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad arrived in Gorham in 1851, and was part of the route from Portland, Maine, to Montreal, Quebec, carrying passengers and freight to locations along the route.
The Grand Trunk Railroad took over the operation, which was later merged into the Canadian National Railway, and eventually sold to a new railroad that took the original St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad name. It's still in operation today.
Gorham is proud of its railroad history. Many towns in New England and across the country were built around the railroad or grew thanks to it. It's Gorham's history, and much of that history is on display at the Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum on Railroad Street next to Gorham Common and the tracks.
The original Grand Trunk Railroad station still stands next to the track, and has all sorts of railroad memorabilia inside. It's almost like going back in time, as much of what you see inside hasn't changed.
Outside on display are locomotives and boxcars from several railroads including the Boston & Maine, Grand Trunk, and Central Vermont.
The Central Vermont box car on display has been converted into a museum and model railroad, and is open to the public during certain hours.