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Messages - Cliff Olson

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Monson Railroad / Re: Exploring Monson ROW
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:30:51 PM »
Re. hikability of the Monson Railroad (Glenn Christensen post of 12/1/2016 under U.S. Two Footers):

Most of the Monson RR ROW south of the Monson depot is owned by CMP and is hikable. North of the depot, both quarry branches are physically hikable, but visitors should request permission from landowners. The Monson RR tour in September (part of the National Narrow Gauge Convention) covered the main line from the depot to Sheldon Slate Co. (former Portland-Monson Slate Co.), the Hebron Pond Quarry Branch from the depot to the Homer Hill Road and the Monson Pond Quarry/Kineo Quarry Branch from the depot to those quarries.

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General Discussion / Re: Kathadin Iron Works RR and the Ray Lumber Co.
« on: September 26, 2016, 08:15:40 PM »
I believe the trail you're asking about is the abandoned roadbed of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad's Katahdin Iron Works Branch.

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Museum Discussion / Re: 2016 rail purchase
« on: April 15, 2016, 06:23:52 PM »
Thanks for additional detail, Wayne.  See you in a couple weeks.

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Museum Discussion / Re: 2016 rail purchase
« on: April 15, 2016, 01:17:30 PM »
Thanks for the information, Rick.  Thought this might have been secondary MILW track.

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Museum Discussion / Re: 2016 rail purchase
« on: April 15, 2016, 12:11:10 PM »
Does anyone know where this rail was used as track in WI?

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Monson Railroad / Re: Monson 3 at depot
« on: February 23, 2016, 08:01:14 PM »
My uncle, who was born in 1908 and grew up near the corner of Water Street and Forest Avenue, claimed to be one of the two boys in this photo.

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Monson Railroad / Re: Unusual early Monson photo
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:28:25 PM »
Ken, I think the engine was misidentified as #3.  The domes and cab roof curvature look like Hinckley to me.

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Monson Railroad / Re: Unusual early Monson photo
« on: February 19, 2016, 01:19:56 PM »
Philip is correct that the engine (#1 or 2) is facing north.  However, this may only be evidence that the wye shown on the bird's-eye drawing of Monson actually existed during the early years of the railroad.  The wye also is shown in a plan of the branches of the Monson Railroad that I have seen at the Maine Archives.  The third leg of the wye was to have run from the west side of Chapin Ave. (Hebron Pond Quarry Branch) almost to the eastern boundary of the station grounds (Monson Pond/Kineo Quarry Branch).
This is also the only photo that I have seen that shows lettering on a Monson box car.


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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: Monson 3 and 4 in Portland
« on: November 08, 2015, 02:41:21 PM »
I'm with James and Ed on the lack of brass bands on #3.  Also pleased that #4, as well as #3, now has no fake pilot.  The Monson lives!
Cliff Olson
(co-owner, Monson depot)

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Monson Railroad / Re: Properties on or abutting Monson ROW for sale
« on: November 05, 2015, 07:39:22 PM »
36 Water Street, adjacent to the depot, is now listed at $59,900.

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Monson Railroad / Re: Properties on or abutting Monson ROW for sale
« on: September 29, 2015, 07:16:46 PM »
New prices on the first two properties described in this thread:  27 Chapin Ave. has been reduced to $85,000, and 2 Greenville Road to $19,000.  See realtor.com for details.

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Monson Railroad / Re: Properties on or abutting Monson ROW for sale
« on: August 10, 2015, 03:00:38 PM »
Three-bedroom home at 36 Water Street (cor. of Chapin Ave.), 1/4 mile from Main Street and adjacent to the Monson depot, has recently gone on the market for $69,000.  See realtor.com for details.

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Monson Railroad / Re: Exploring Monson ROW
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:32:13 AM »
Glenn, most of the ROW between the Monson depot and Monson Jct. is owned by CMP and is occasionally used by ATV's. I never see 4WD's on the ROW and don't know CMP's position on those, although CMP presumably uses them to some extent for its own maintenance work. You are probably better off exploring north of the depot on foot because of varying and uncertain ownership and limited accessibility.


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The last time I was there (a few months ago), the interchange track at the NW quadrant of the crossing at Yarmouth Jct. was still in place, possibly to connect to the existing Pan Am track to Portland.  If this were the choice for passenger service from Lewiston to Portland (probably several years off, in any event), it's possible that the Yarmouth Jct. - Portland SLR segment could be abandoned or simply railbanked by the state, in which case it could become available to MNG (if MNG were interested).  A while ago, Portland Trails expressed an interest in using the Back Cove swing span, and they presumably would also be interested in an abandoned ROW extending toward Falmouth.

On the other hand, I suppose the state could decide to use the SLR segment for Lewiston - Portland passenger service terminating at East Deering. This, like the current Amtrak station on outer Congress St., would require some kind of shuttle service to get people down town. I'm not sure that the possibility of a new station west of the Portland - South Portland bridge (mentioned by James) is compatible with the more recently publicized container terminal and Sprague boat yard proposed for that location.

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Glenn, are you suggesting that the line may become available to MNG for dual gauging or that MNG may lose its ability to operate around the Eastern Prom? Everything depends upon how quickly the state might try to operate passenger service between Portland (presumably India Street) and Lewiston.  Of course, the Back Cove swing span would have to be repaired for either passenger service to india Street or extension of MNG track north toward Falmouth.

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