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Title: Eric Sexton collection?
Post by: Philip Marshall on January 04, 2017, 04:26:18 AM
I was reading some back issues from 1941 of "Moody's Magazine" (a short-lived railfan publication edited by Linwood Moody himself) and came across a peculiar series of articles by Moody on the two-foot equipment collection of Eric Sexton of Belfast, Maine. Moody reported that Sexton had privately acquired the two B&SR tank cars as well as two SR&RL railcars (the Vose inspection car plus work car no. 2) and SR&RL combine no. 14, and was moving them all to his property in Belfast where he hoped to have some track laid soon.

My thought upon reading this was, Why haven't I heard of this person before?  :) I think we all owe him a debt of gratitude as a pioneer in two-foot preservation. Bear in mind that in the summer of 1941 when the articles on Sexton were published, the B&H was still running (barely) and Ellis Atwood had yet to make his appearance as its purchaser.

Did anyone here perhaps know Sexton personally? I'm curious to learn more about him and his early efforts.

-Philip Marshall
Title: Re: Eric Sexton collection?
Post by: Mike Fox on January 04, 2017, 04:28:38 PM
Very interesting indeed.
Title: Re: Eric Sexton collection?
Post by: Philip Marshall on January 05, 2017, 01:02:17 AM
Here is a scan (attached). See, I'm not making this up!
Title: Re: Eric Sexton collection?
Post by: Philip Marshall on January 05, 2017, 01:22:33 AM
The same issue also featured this ad to "save the narrow gauge":
Title: Re: Eric Sexton collection?
Post by: Ira Schreiber on January 05, 2017, 04:10:33 AM
It is good to know the larger of the two tanks lies in Sheepscot awaiting its restoration.
Title: Re: Eric Sexton collection?
Post by: Mike Fox on January 05, 2017, 03:08:28 PM
That is the larger one we have. Started on flat car #21, then moved to #14 when #21 rotted out. The larger tank rusted out, so the smaller tank was put onto flat car #14, either at Edaville or MNGRR, not sure which, because car #22 rotted.
The tank car we have was the first tank on the B&SR.

EDIT...The tank we have was the second tank to arrive at the B&SR, not the first. It arrived in 1920
Title: Re: Eric Sexton collection?
Post by: Ira Schreiber on January 05, 2017, 10:13:43 PM
I could not remember which tank we had and I was sure I would pick the wrong tank. I was right.