A Photographic Journey via Smokey Joe Railroad -- Part I

"The Little Railroad At Rocky Nook"

North Hampton, N.H., circa 1940s & 50s.

Compiled by John M. Holman, Hampton History Volunteer

Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, NH

"SMOKEY JOE", No. 205, with Engineer Peter Lamie at the throttle,
Ca. 1940s.
[Photo courtesy Charles P. & Marion E. Lamie Sr. -- 2002]

"BRASS BETSEY" was the forerunner of "Smokey Joe" in the
1940s. Owner Frank LeClair's son is at the throttle.
"BRASS BETSEY" - Named after early Southern
Locomotive. Built in 1927. Air 75. Gauge 15 inches.
Steam 150 psi. Stephenson Motion. Type 4-4-0.
Speed 23 mph. D-Bar Pull 12 ton. Drivers 14 inch.
(F & L Railroad, Frank LeClair, owner.)

"Smokey Joe" at Rocky Nook, North Hampton, NH,
"SMOKEY JOE" - Named after early Southern
locomotive. Built 1932. Gauge 15 inch. Steam 120 psi.
Speed 23 mph, D-Bar Pull 12 ton. Drivers 14 inches.
(Owned and operated by Peter Lamie, Ca. 1949.)
Engineer Pete at Rocky Nook Station.
{Note "JENNY" gasoline sign in left background at "Rocky Nook" store.}
[Photo/slide courtesy Kelvin Dalton]
Pete Lamie ready to roll with a full head of steam.
[Photo/slide courtesy Kelvin Dalton]
The next 3 photographs are courtesy of Dr. & Mrs. Charles B. Bailey,
taken from slides ca. 1940s/50s.
{Above: Virginia Bailey and daughter Brenda (Black) in end car.}
"Mr. Lamie let Dr. Bailey drive the train and gave him an engineer's
cap and pair of gloves to wear." -- Brenda (Bailey) Black
Rounding the curve heading for the station at "Rocky Nook"
F&L Railroad, Sept. 6, 1947.
"Smokey Joe" w/Herbert Barrett, mechanic, left;
Peter Lamie, owner & engineer at "Rocky Nook".
Engineer Peter stoking up the boiler!
The little refreshment stand at "Rocky Nook" where you could buy sandwiches for 10 cents (meatless) and 15 cents (with meat), coffee for 7 cents (real light cream, not ½ & ½!); or milk for 7 cents and hot dogs for only 15 cents. Shown tending shop are left to right were Edna White, daughter Alice (White) Dalton and Ernest White. All food was home-cooked by Edna White who also specialized in home-made doughnuts which sold for 5 cents each! 'Hmmmmm, good!'
At right, Mrs. David F. Colt, Sr. with Engineer Pete at the throttle. (A Colt Photo)
All ready for a busy Sunday with a head of steam.
All Aboard!!
A busy Sunday afternoon at "Rocky Nook".
Margaret Cowan, a "Fresh Air Child"
from New York City, Ca. 1940s.
Rocky Nook after a Hurricane. (Previous three photos)
Johnny White at the controls.