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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 30, 2018, 03:22:19 AM »
I agree, Dave is very good at being presidential.

General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 14, 2018, 02:49:34 PM »
The dummy locomotive at the beginning of Wayne's video and then again at 2:12 looks like a Shay, but I think the one at 3:40 may be a rod engine, perhaps an 0-4-0T. (Does anyone have a NYC roster handy to verify the identity of engine No. 1904?)

General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:02:53 AM »
The last Hudson River Day Line steamboat, the Alexander Hamilton, was in service until 1971.

A nice history of the company can be found here:

General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:50:37 PM »
That's a great video, Wayne. I especially love the engineer hamming it up for the camera at 4:28. (Also, note the two whistle blasts at 4:54. The sound in the second half of the video is original, not dubbed!) It also makes it clear why the City of New York insisted the New York Central elevate the line, as a matter of public safety.

General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:08:05 PM »
Here is a longer version of the same film that begins on a Brooklyn-Manhattan ferry boat crossing the East River:

It was taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a visit to the US and is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY.

It looks like an impressive facility, but I agree, something in a more traditional style would have been more appropriate for that location, especially so close to Caernarfon Castle.

Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 08, 2018, 07:01:06 PM »
The B&SR had a coal shed at Bridgton Jct that was basically a derrick and bucket setup under a roof.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 17, 2018, 01:47:29 AM »
The bridge had a middle pier in 1902?  Very interesting. Was this maybe an earlier version of the structure prior to the pony truss design in the Masons' wreck (1905)?

Original Railway / Re: Why Quebec?
« on: November 07, 2018, 09:59:34 PM »
Another pithy quote from Chase's book: "Of the histories of the coast towns which have aspired to greatness by reason of natural harbor facilities that of Wiscasset is perhaps the most disappointing." (p. 67)

Original Railway / Why Quebec?
« on: November 07, 2018, 09:54:07 PM »
I've been reading Edward E. Chase's book Maine Railroads: A History of the Development of the Maine Railroad System (1926), and he gives a lot of attention to what he calls "the Quebec railroad virus...that insidious and often fatal idea which has run through the record of Maine railroads from the the beginning".  :)

Chase gives the most succinct explanation I've seen in print of the reasoning behind this obsession. Yes, the idea was to link Maine's ice-free ports with Quebec, but what was the big deal about Quebec? In reality, it wasn't really about Quebec at all, but rather the Great Lakes and the Midwest:

"In 1845 the cheapest route from Ohio to England was by way of the St. Lawrence River. The only defect in this system was the impossibility of winter navigation. It was the plan of [John Alfred] Poor to tap this artery of commerce and to divert the flow of trade to the open winter harbors on the Maine coast." (p. 11)

(Remember that the original reason for what became the Boston & Albany RR was to connect Boston with the Erie Canal and divert some of its Midwest traffic away from the Hudson River and New York City, a pretty similar idea.)

Incidentally, Chase's book is an excellent read and deserves to be better known. With a 1926 publication date I think it should enter the public domain in 2021 (1926 + 95 years). It would be a worthwhile project to have it reprinted at that point.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Electric two footer
« on: November 07, 2018, 01:01:55 AM »
Deutsche Reichsbahn was the East German state railway.

Which is really confusing, because Deutsche Reichsbahn ("German Imperial Railway") was the name used prior to the end of WWII as well, so it has certain historical associations. Couldn't the East German/DDR government have used a different name? :)

Really neat video, by the way.

US Two Footers / Re: Henschel loco
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:05:17 PM »
is this the engine you mean, Wayne? It's reportedly owned by the estate of Charles Umbly in Kane, PA, and before that by George Spohrer:

I imagine that if there really were any ex-WW&F freight cars on the B&SR or Edaville (which I doubt), they could be identified by the design of the couplers, with the pin on the bottom rather than the top.,

Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:46:40 PM »
Phillip, I think it is something like 34.

Thank you Mike.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:25:57 PM »
I'm curious if we know the B&SR number of the flatcar.

This is all great news and I'm looking forward to seeing boxcar 56 the next time I'm at Sheepscot.

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