Newport Walk to Explore Former Claremont & Concord Railway

long-gone train station in North Newport. Courtesy photograph

long-gone train station in North Newport. Courtesy photograph

Newport — Retired railroad conductor Bruce Davison will lead a walking tour on the former Claremont & Concord Railway line in Newport on Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

The easy two-mile walk along the Sugar River will trace the line from North Newport to Kelleyville, including several long-gone covered bridge sites and other railroading landmarks.

“Walk Back Through Time,” sponsored by the Newport Historical Society, will leave from the green bridge on Oak Street, at the Greenwood Road intersection.

Davison’s fascination with railroading started a young age, when he began photographing trains and collecting railroad memorabilia.

He began his railroad career with the Claremont & Concord in 1972. While working with the railroad, he served as conductor on some historic trips, including the last passenger excursion to Newport, in 1975, and the last freight run in the town, in 1977.

He retired from the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad in August, after a 41-year career in railroading.

Drinking water and transportation back to the start will be provided.

To register, send $2 and contact information, including name, address, phone number and email, if available, to Newport Historical Society, P.O. Box 413. Newport, NH 03773. For more information, contact Jackie Cote at 603-863-3105. — Staff report