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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2015, 09:38:43 PM »
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Today, another huge milestone was reached on the path to rehabilitating the Maine Narrow Gauge Steam fleet. Monson Railroad #3 moved under its own power again for the first time in 8 years following a major boiler overhaul. This accomplishment reflects a strengthening partnership between the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Sandy River and Rangley Lakes Railroad and Maine Locomotive and Machine Works. Over the next couple of weeks, final reassembly will take place and the locomotive will be transported to Portland for FRA inspection and placement into service for Polar Express. In the spring #3 will be returned to Phillips, Maine where it will operate at the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Museum through an ongoing lease agreement with the Maine Narrow Gauge. We hope you will celebrate this major milestone with us by riding behind #3 during Polar Express or in Phillips next season.
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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2015, 12:19:39 AM »
Great news!

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2015, 12:54:02 AM »
Fantastic! I didn't even know that #3 had been MOVED there!

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2018, 12:22:43 PM »
Can anybody update this thread for me?  I'm trying to find out how much track SR&RL has and what (if any) their expansion plans are.  I sent them an e-mail to their website online contact form but did not get a response.

Perhaps we have another active thread on this, I don't know.  Anybody have any info on this?

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #34 on: March 27, 2018, 01:52:29 PM »
The SR&RL museum has about 3/4 of a mile of mainline track, if I remember correctly.  Plus some sidings, and an 8-stall roundhouse. 

They have a new president (as of October last year), Sharon Berber, who hopes to shake things up a little bit.  In previous years they have been open infrequently (1 or 2 weekends a month), which understandably limits the income.  Sharon wants to be open more often and more regularly.  Part of the issue is volunteers for the operation.

There are plans to build a storage barn, but I think those plans were set aside after they had to pay for repairing #3's boiler years ago.  I don't know where they are with it now.

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #35 on: April 03, 2018, 08:24:28 AM »
They have several projects being worked on in the roundhouse such as coach restoration, and a few other projects. They have a very nice set up, and although the operation is short, there is a lot to see. From things like historic artifacts, buildings, and train ride it iis neat to see what a shop yard looked like back in the day.

The operation would love to expand, but has a river on one end, and a road on the other. Going across the river into downtown Phillips would be cool because then you would be near the old Phillips station, which is still standing.
 
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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #36 on: April 03, 2018, 10:38:23 PM »
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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2018, 11:29:00 PM »
Speaking of historic artifacts, did you know that the very first American two foot locomotive -- Ariel of the Bedford and Billerica -- resides at the Sandy River.  It is obviously just a rusting remains, but when it was pointed out to me, I was truly awed...

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2018, 07:25:03 PM »
Bob, I didn't know that.  Is it the rusting boiler I saw years ago in Phillips somewhere?

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2018, 08:05:30 PM »
My understanding is that the boiler is supposed to be from P&R No. 4 'Bo-Peep', ex- Sandy River No. 2, which would be Billerica & Bedford 'Puck' rather than 'Ariel'. It came from the old Starbird sawmill in Strong, and was identified in the 1970s by Virgil Starbird who said his grandfather had purchased the remains of 'Bo-Peep' from the SR&RL when the engine was being scrapped, circa 1912.

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2018, 11:51:01 PM »
Your information is better than mine.  If it's Puck instead of Ariel, it's still amazing!!

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #41 on: April 05, 2018, 12:11:56 PM »
Here is a map concerning the situation involving the road and river.

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #42 on: April 05, 2018, 10:32:03 PM »
If we haven't done so already, maybe we should let our friendly bridge engineer know about the situation.  One never knows when an orphan bridge may need a new home.

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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #43 on: April 06, 2018, 12:52:51 AM »
John,
What a great idea to help out our friends to the north.
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Re: Anything New Here Going On at the Sandy River RR???
« Reply #44 on: April 06, 2018, 01:16:26 AM »
The gap over the Sandy River is much bigger than the gap over Trout Brook.  So they'd need a bridge probably 3 times our size.  However I think there's a house immediately across the river, so that property would need to be bought out.