BEST OF NH AWARD RECOGNIZES NATURE BY RAIL SERIES PARTNERSHIP

The Hobo Railroad announced today that the 3-way partnership created in 2013 to develop and implement the Hobo Railroad’s popular “Nature by Rail” series has been recognized by NH Magazine in their annual “2014 Best of NH” awards as an Editor’s Pick for “Best Business Partnership in a Recreational Category”.

Nature by Rail excursions were introduced in 2013 by the staff at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH. Naturalist Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH worked to develop a program unique to the ecology of the Pemigewasset River Valley. The idea came from a desire to enhance the guest’s overall experience aboard the regularly scheduled train rides that travel through the naturally wooded area along the banks of the Pemigewasset River between Lincoln and Woodstock, NH. The hour and twenty minute onboard experience affords guests the opportunity to better understand the environment that surrounds the train while enjoying their ride.

“We felt the Hobo Railroad could provide the “rolling classrooms” for the Naturalist Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to share fun facts and information regarding the wildlife and plant life along the route we travel,” stated Paul Giblin, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. “Once the Hobo Railroad and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center partnership was solidified and development of the program began, we shared the Nature by Rail concept with Anthony Ilacqua, the Lincoln Banking Office Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. Our thought was to ask Tony if he felt Bank of NH would consider underwriting the Nature by Rail series – thus allowing the guests riding the train the ability to enjoy the Nature by Rail program at no additional cost other than the purchase of the basic ticket. After Bank of NH officials reviewed the concepts of the program, they agreed to underwrite Nature by Rail and the 3-way partnership was established.”

As a result of the 3-way partnership becoming finalized, the Nature by Rail series moved from a concept in February to reality in just a few months with Nature by Rail programs taking place in June, July and August of 2013. Having enjoyed a successful first year of programming, and thanks to additional support from Bank of New Hampshire, the Nature by Rail series continues to move forward in 2014 and has been expanded to five event dates which include July 19th and 26th as well as August 2nd, 9th and 23rd.

“Bank of New Hampshire was honored to be asked to take part in the regional partnership to make Nature by Rail a possibility,” stated Tony Ilacqua, Lincoln Banking Office Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. “It’s a Win, Win for all. It is creative partnerships like this that will help drive our local economy.”
In addition, Naturalist Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center hosts a popular 20-minute live animal presentation at the Hobo Railroad’s Choo Choo Theater. These presentations typically focus on one of the following animals: Peregrine Falcons, Skunks, Beaver or Owls. Taking place between Nature by Rail departures at 12:30pm and again at 2:30pm on the scheduled programming dates, the live animal presentations provide a perfect opportunity for those interested to learn more about the wildlife common to this part of New Hampshire in an up-close-and-personal format.

“It’s a great way to educate the public about the amazing wildlife and nature that New Hampshire has to offer,” said Dave Erler, Senior Naturalist at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. “Visitors enjoy a train ride while learning something about the surrounding environment right outside their window.”

The Hobo Railroad is conveniently located at 64 Railroad Street in the village of Lincoln, NH, just off Exit 32 on I-93 – directly across from McDonalds. For more information regarding the Nature by Rail series, the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH, the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith & Weirs Beach, NH or the 2014 calendar of special events, visit http://www.HoboRR.com or call 603-745-2135.

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