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Other Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) => Bridgton & Saco River Railway => Topic started by: Skyler Kimball on May 12, 2017, 12:29:37 AM

Title: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 12, 2017, 12:29:37 AM
Latest news form Bridgton suggests a possibility of getting the Bridgton narrow gauge railroad stock back to Bridgton, where they belong.

See Bridgton News, May 11 for details.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 12, 2017, 12:43:39 AM
Bridgton News Article.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 12, 2017, 12:44:51 AM
Zoom in of the same article.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 12, 2017, 12:45:59 AM
End bit of article on separate page.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Mark Spremulli on May 13, 2017, 01:03:29 AM
Interesting, how is the location different then in Gray? Better/worse, scenic ride etc?
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: James Patten on May 13, 2017, 01:29:55 AM
Historic two footer location, for starters.  The original idea was to re-establish the Bridgton yard, which is now occupied by a former school.  A ride might be a little difficult to get going because of encroachments, but once you got beyond that I think there were definite possibilities.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Mark Spremulli on May 13, 2017, 02:50:25 AM
Historic two footer location, for starters.  The original idea was to re-establish the Bridgton yard, which is now occupied by a former school.  A ride might be a little difficult to get going because of encroachments, but once you got beyond that I think there were definite possibilities.
I agree James. I looked at the pics on NERail of the row and since most of it appears to be a trail then once the encroachments are taken care off then the ride would be quite scenic.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: John McNamara on May 13, 2017, 03:03:11 AM
Gray has the advantage of more nearby attractions, ease of Turnpike access, and closer proximity to their volunteers. Also, rumor has it that the last meeting between the MNG folks and the Bridgton folks consisted of each group saying, "What are you going to do for us?" I gather the Gray folks are more receptive, although not $500K receptive. ;D
-John
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on May 13, 2017, 06:59:13 PM
...to re-establish the Bridgton yard, which is now occupied by a former school.

Why is there always a school involved?! In all seriousness though, this is an interesting development. Thanks for sharing!

Steve
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 14, 2017, 04:15:07 AM
Thanks Steve.

The school that is there has not been used in many years. The reason why the school is not being used anymore was either due to amounts of either mold, lead, asbestos, was found, and another school was built far away from it to replace it. The school now is abandoned, and more than likely should be taken down, and turned back into what it used to be.

The fortunate part about this school is that due to the fact that the school district still owns the plot of land, it has not been broken up, and turned into shops or much form of modernization.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Joe Fox on May 14, 2017, 04:35:15 PM
Much of the old ROW however is currently active dirt roads so most is "unbuildable" without some serious financial support. Not much room to grow in Bridgton unfortunately. Where a museum can be built, you could build about a 1/2 of track. In the place where you can build a longer run of about 2+ miles near Sandy Creek as memory serves there is no room for a museum.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 14, 2017, 10:04:09 PM
There is about a half a mile's worth of railroad bed between the location of the B&SRR yard and Hannaford. Maybe possibility to extend the bed after getting a crossing across Willett road?
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 14, 2017, 10:16:00 PM
Here is a photo of Hannaford supermarket, Willett road, and CMP, and a railroad line embedded where it once was.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on May 14, 2017, 10:24:47 PM
After CMP, there is a lot less activity for a few miles.
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Mike Fox on May 16, 2017, 10:28:21 AM
Actually, once going across CMPs lawn, the grade has a building on it. The boat dealer. ROW would have to be built to go around it.

The original gentleman that was pushing this idea hard was Bill Shelley. He had met with locals and had several conversations, raised funds by selling merchandise and paintings, and had quite a bit of leg work done. If there was anyone that was going to make it happen it was him.

Now we will see what if anything happens. The way I read it was that this was just to see what interest there was in bringing the Railroad back
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Skyler Kimball on June 08, 2017, 01:43:27 AM
Here is the Bridgton News article at their website.

http://www.bridgton.com/bridgton-selectmen-ironing-out-differences-new-life-for-train/ (http://www.bridgton.com/bridgton-selectmen-ironing-out-differences-new-life-for-train/)
Title: Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
Post by: Glenn Christensen on June 08, 2017, 04:20:17 AM
Combining the railroad with other economic elements could prove a winning idea and might expand Bridgton's role in the Sebago Lake region's economy.
This is important since Gray's fervor for this opportunity seems to have waned.

It would also justify Bill Shelley's vision of and many contributions to the original concept. 


Best Regards,
Glenn