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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Pondicherry Mill Trestle
« on: January 30, 2018, 05:39:57 PM »
Took a few minutes today and walked in to the trestle, or what is left of it. I have been concerned about this since the town allowed creation of a trail system through the area. These pictures show what is left. I will have to go through my older photos to see what is missing now, compared to a few (10?) Years ago when I was there last.

Looking toward where the old mill would have been, other side of the brook.

Volunteers / January 2018 Work Planning
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:21:34 PM »
Getting the word out early. Wednesday, January 3rd, we are planning a tree cutting day. Temps are expected to be 40 degrees warmer than this morning, with a high of 22 expected. We will be going to TOM, and walking down the mountain to cut and stack the brush and logs out of the way, unless we build a fire to burn some of it.

Saturday, we are planning to start at the Trout Brook site. I will make an attempt to back drag everything there on Wednesday, so we can walk around easier on Saturday. We plan on burning, but if that does not work out, we will limb the trees, stack the brush for chipping, and move the logs to a spot out of the way for removal later.

Hope to see you at one or both of these days.

Work and Events / Humason Brook Trestle
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:21:59 AM »
During the Fall Work Weekend, a small crew built this retaining wall, and today the repair was completed by the installation of the rest of the erosion stones. The retaining wall is needed to prevent further erosion, and provide a footing for the Mud Sill that sits behind it. An excellent and quick solution, to what could have developed into a huge problem.

Photo taken by Jason

Work and Events / Car 1016?
« on: April 08, 2017, 10:32:35 PM »

Work and Events / Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:18:30 PM »
I started work this weekend on the conversion of this trailer from road to rail. Boards were removed and burned, leaving the center board for support when I cut the cross members.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Interesting find
« on: October 21, 2016, 02:41:09 PM »
I have emailed the person about this, hoping to hear back..

General Discussion / Forum layout
« on: September 14, 2016, 02:46:40 PM »
Is mine the only one that changed? I now have "Other" as the top category instead of General Discussion..

Museum Discussion / Railfan & Railroad: August 2016
« on: July 25, 2016, 07:52:30 PM »
We have made the cover of Railfan & Railroads August 2016 magazine..

General Discussion / 1905 automobile versus train race
« on: June 28, 2016, 11:00:09 AM »
Interesting article in the Sun Journal today. Take a few minutes to read it. I like stories like this. About a 1905 adventure.

Work and Events / Flat Car 1014 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 20, 2016, 11:41:02 AM »
After some discussion as to what was needed at the museum, a recently donated broad gauge car (4'-8 1/2") will become a work flat. Having two of these will help make track building more efficient.

I started by trying to get the slip axle apart. I was not having much luck at home so I took it to the shop at work. I used a band saw and cut the axles to length.

I kept after the slip axle, trying to get it apart whole. I finally cut the axle to length, and used a press after I cut the axle again at the middle. 3000# on the press ( had it to 5000# but got nervous ) and applied some heat to get the axle to separate from the sleeve. I tried the sleeve on the non slip axle and it was too small. Pawed around the shop and came up with a short piece of pipe that the ID was slightly larger, but not quite enough to slide onto the pipe. So next I will clean and polish the two axle ends to get them to fit.  

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Bridgton Research
« on: February 17, 2016, 01:11:41 AM »
Recently sent around in an email in a group I belong to, I received permission to post this here. I know that some will find this information boring, but for the rest of us, it is another piece to the puzzle. Special thanks to Terry Smith for doing the research, along with the others he mentions, and allowing me to post it here.

Bridgton News available to view online.

The Bridgton Public Library has digitised its collection of local papers, and the Bridgton News from 1870 onwards is available to read on screen at

It has contemporary reports of many happenings of the B&SR and B&HR and in addition, it carries reports of interest to the fans of the other Maine Two Footers, such as George Mansfield reporting that the Sandy River RR had poor track and ballast but magnificent equipment, and reports of the opening of the Kennebec Central.

The Bridgton News of the period of interest to the Bridgton fan appears to have been a 4 page publication, always dated for the Friday of the week. Very occasionally extra pages were published, but note that sometimes the scanning runs pages and editions together – if the page or edition wanted is not apparently available then take a look at the previous and next available files.

All copies examined so far have had the then current B&SR Timetable at the top right hand of the back page, normally page 4.

For starters have a look at these pages;-
George Mansfield + B&B, page 2 column 1.
The story behind the B&SR.
First B&SR train arrives columns 2, 3 & 4. Track report column 6 under title Locomotive sparks.
Perley’s Mills derailment, column 4 top, also note column 3, loco recovered.

Enjoy if you visit,


(with due acknowledgements to my fellow researchers Wes Ewell and Rick Uskert)

Volunteers / January 2016 Work Planning
« on: December 29, 2015, 12:37:16 AM »
With expected snowfall this week, and will be safer to burn, I would like to go to the TOM and cut and burn trees Saturday. Of course the cars were put away in the car barn with something blocking coach 8, but it can be moved. 

The goal would be cutting our property about 30 or more feet into the woods on the west side, opening up the area for development, and add more potential photo angles.

There is also some thinning on the East side that needs to be done for better photo ops on that side. But priority should be the west.

As has been done in the past, anything we cut gets burnt that day, because cutting it and piling it to burn later is not as effective, and the brush has to get handled again.

Museum Discussion / Membership Update
« on: December 28, 2015, 02:27:06 AM »
Membership is climbing again. We gained 6 new members from Victorian Christmas alone, and one member was upgraded to life member as a Christmas present. We gained a membership from our hospitality on 12/5. In case anyone has forgotten, that was the first trip to AC with #9, and this couple was lucky enough to be there to enjoy. I will have some year ending numbers after the 1st in where we are membership wise compared to last year.

Work and Events / Koppel Dump Cars - Official Work Thread
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:08:38 AM »
Koppel cars need a little TLC, and I hate to suggest it, but perhaps a trip to RowMow MFG for a little cutting and welding...

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