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 on: March 24, 2017, 11:41:16 PM 
Started by Fred L. Kuhns - Last post by Fred L. Kuhns
 Stewart, The FB post about the stations along the railroad provide hours of enjoyment. Thanks again to the FB crew.  Fred L. Kuhns

 on: March 24, 2017, 02:15:13 PM 
Started by Ed Lecuyer - Last post by Ed Lecuyer
March/April 2017 Newsletter (now posted) features major news on an exciting new project!

 on: March 23, 2017, 09:37:27 PM 
Started by Marcel Levesque - Last post by Ted Miles
Dear Dave,
                To further your understanding; Randy Hees is executive director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum- Boulder City; which is down near Las Vegas.

The V&T collection is up at the State Museum branch in Carson City, NV and that is the branch that has the passenger car with the replica Miller hook platforms. They are thinking about restoring a second car with those antique couplers.

The Western Railway Museum is where I work and it is an electric museum; none of our cars had Miller platforms. Although some of them have link and pin couplers.

The Society for the Preservation of Carter Brothers Railroad Resources at Fremont California; is also a narrow gauge collection. They too are planning restorations that will need Miller hooks. They have a good web site!

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan east and west

 on: March 23, 2017, 07:59:25 PM 
Started by Fred L. Kuhns - Last post by Hunt Dowse
Great pictures and descriptions!  Thanks for all of the FB posts, Start.

 on: March 23, 2017, 02:57:43 PM 
Started by Fred L. Kuhns - Last post by Stewart "Start" Rhine
The Thursday post features a look at American Express agency business on the W&Q/WW&F.

 on: March 23, 2017, 01:07:26 PM 
Started by Keith Taylor - Last post by Paul Uhland
So, who was the funniest...the Marx Bros, Laurel and Hardy ("...a fine mess you've got us in again, Stanley!") or Da Tree Stooooges? ("Oh...wise guy! Nyuk Nyuk!").
"Why a duck"...per Charlie Brown--"I can't stand it!"  Grin

 on: March 22, 2017, 09:28:04 PM 
Started by Ira Schreiber - Last post by Dave Buczkowski
Bill, I don't think Ira uses license plates, it's a plate holder not holding anything...

 on: March 22, 2017, 09:10:36 PM 
Started by James Patten - Last post by Bill Baskerville
Dave--wonder if Appalachian Trail hikers would be interested? ;^}
Jason--"...prepare for a major (shop) project to commence this summer." Might it involve bending, riveting metal for a locomotive or two?

Don't underestimate the Appalachian Trail hikers straying from the trail.  It was on a 'zero day' my brother and I took while hiking the AT in Maine that we decided to find and ride the Maine 2 footers.  The rest, as they say, is history and I have been coming back every year since then.  That was well over a decade ago.


 on: March 22, 2017, 08:59:20 PM 
Started by Ira Schreiber - Last post by Bill Reidy
I didn't know you used license plates, Ira.

 on: March 22, 2017, 08:16:07 PM 
Started by Paul Levesque - Last post by Jason M Lamontagne
Paul,  your work is fascinating and beyond appreciated.  That you had that simple epiphany as to where to find this is genius.  Of course they're there.

Did you happen to get my pm?


I noted that same thing about the commissioner's decision - that they essentially invited the Sandy River to apply for the same thing the FS&K did: right to take land through MEC station grounds.  The commissioners said they were compelled to rule against the FS&K as there was a law on the books (still is:  Maine Statutes, Title 23, Part 7, Chapter 607, squiggly symbol 6017) prohibiting a railroad corporation taking by eminent domain the station grounds of another.  The commissioners studied at length whether the affected area of the MEC owned lot was being used for "station purposes" and concluded that it was.  It was true. 

BUT- they then said if the Sandy River applied for the same thing, their decision would be different, because the tracks already existed.  This proved there was room for them.  The Sandy River never applied. 

The old WW&F forum has an FS&K snippet relating a newspaper article from (I think) 1899.  In it, the FS&K had just physically cut in a switch to the Sandy River track south of the MEC yard to a short lived lumber. I'll.  He newspaper reports it was done with SRRR superintendent Beal's blessing.  The next day, several SRRR and MEC officials, including Beal, inpsected the work, after which the SRRR removed some of that track so as to physically sever the FS&K and SRRR. 

Guy Rioux's first book lightly mentions the Farmington connection after the WW&F took over from the FS&K.  He gave one telling snippet- a letter from the MEC counsel to a SR official (maybe clerk?  Don't remember now) asking to speak with him at his earliest convenience about 'this proposed Wiscasset and Franklin connection.'

I'm sorry to say it, but I think the failed connection was probably more so a Sandy River Railroad snub than anything.  It's probably still fair to blame the MEC, but they acted through the SR, not the railroad commissioners.  It seems that since the Maxcy takeover, the SRRR and MEC lines started getting blurred right away, with late 1880's discussions of standard gauging to Stong.  That possibility alone would have discouraged the FS&K connection.

Ok that was long, sorry...

See ya

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