Following Decades of Decline, Granite State Once Again Looks to Freight Rail

Rail service in New Hampshire has shrunk considerably in recent decades, but the state is looking to partner with remaining Granite State railroads to rebuild. To boost existing businesses and attract new economic development, the New Hampshire State Rail Plan identifies a series of steps like upgrading track to safely carry heavier railcars, raising tunnel clearances to accommodate double-stack intermodal service, and other measures to modernize the state’s rail network.

New Hampshire's 10 freight railroads operate 369 miles of track and employ 182 in the Granite State.* It would have taken approximately 268,000 additional truckloads to move the 4.8 million tons of freight that moved by rail in New Hampshire in 2019. Moving freight by rail prevented 172,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 34,000 cars off the road or planting 2.61 million trees.

*2019 data

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43 percent
decrease

in rail rates, 1981-2014.


That means the average rail customer today can ship nearly twice as much freight for about the same price it paid more than 30 years ago. 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.