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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Eric Sexton collection?
« on: January 04, 2017, 02:26:18 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

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Monson Railroad / Unusual early Monson photo
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:52:04 AM »
I came across the following photo for sale on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Monson-Railroad-Mixed-Train-at-Monson-Depot-Undated-5x7-Real-Photo-Print-/331775112747?hash=item4d3f56762b:g:GdUAAOSwll1Wu5ZG

It's clearly an early image of a mixed train at Monson, with an interesting lettering scheme on the combine and boxcar. But do you notice something unusual about the locomotive? It's facing north! This has to be the most unambiguous evidence I've seen that the Monson engines were indeed turned sometimes and that the turntables were not just for the snowplow, at least in the early years of the railroad. (The combine is also facing the "wrong" way, incidentally.)

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Original Railway / WW&F 1921 ICC report (handwritten) on Ebay
« on: October 01, 2015, 06:42:42 AM »
I don't know if it has come to anyone's attention yet, but there is for sale on Ebay what purports to be an original handwritten copy of the WW&F 1921 annual report to the ICC, signed by Samuel J. Sewall:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141783980749?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

The auction ends later today (Thursday 10/1), but there are currently 0 bids.

This seems like the kind of document the museum would want to try to acquire for the archives.

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Museum Discussion / Some photos from 1990
« on: August 25, 2015, 09:12:56 PM »
I recently came across these pictures from the summer of 1990-- 25 years ago! That's 14-year old me in the blue shirt, my older brother Steve in white and green, and of course a cameo appearance by Harry himself. Also, a view of the Albion depot as it appeared the same weekend. All three were taken by my father, Frank Marshall

-Philip Marshall

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Other Narrow Gauge / 30" gauge Hunslets in Sierra Leone
« on: May 26, 2015, 12:48:28 AM »
There is an interesting short news piece on the BBC website about a set of 30" gauge Hunslet locomotives in Sierra Leone in west Africa that are being preserved as the beginning of that country's first and only railroad museum:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32863498

"Sometimes with steam, the nicest things come in the smallest sizes."

(I find it odd that they never mention the name Hunslet, but there are several clear shots of builders plates so it's clear what locomotive builder they're referring to.)

-Philip Marshall

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Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Ed West
« on: April 29, 2015, 08:36:26 PM »
A question for the Sandy River scholars in the group:

I had the good fortune recently to acquire a small stack of original SR&RL company paperwork, mostly from the offices of Roadmaster Walter Toothaker and the Motive Power Department in reference to hiring and pay for employees, circa 1912-1918. It's been fascinating to look through. One document in particular is a timesheet from October 1918 for one "Eddie West" who was employed as an engine wiper and roundhouse night watchman in Phillips. This can't possibly be *the* Ed West, can it? From my reading, Ed West was already working as an engineer on the P&R and the Eustis by 1905, so I can't imagine him moving down the ladder to engine wiper a decade later. Does anyone know if Ed West perhaps had a son by the same name who also worked for the railroad, an Ed West Jr?

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Original Railway / W&Q No. 1's boiler
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:37:09 PM »
Forgive me if this topic has been discussed elsewhere on the board, but I'm curious about what became of the boiler of W&Q No. 1, ex Sandy River No. 3, "Butterfly".

Numerous authors, including Linwood Moody and Dick Andrews among others, have made the claim that after the engine was retired from service, its boiler was recycled as a culvert, and was still (as of the second half of the 20th century) in place as such somewhere along the right of way.

Has any attempt been made to locate and/or recover this artifact? If it still exists (and that's a *big* if, even considering the greater corrosion resistance of old wrought iron as compared to more modern steels), it might make an interesting display for the museum alongside the original boiler of No. 9.

(And it also might not be the only one out there, as Jones mentions in Two Feet to Tidewater that the WW&F was in the habit of buying old standard gauge boilers from the MeC to use as culverts. Could there be a whole roundhouse full of lost engines buried along the WW&F?)

Yours in late-winter daydreaming,
Philip Marshall

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