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Author Topic: Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad narrow gauge (photos)  (Read 998 times)
Matthew Malkiewicz
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« on: March 07, 2017, 09:13:07 AM »

The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad (SR&RL) was a narrow gauge railroad that negotiated approximately 112 miles of track in Maine between the years of 1908 to 1935. This railroad was the longest of the five two-foot railways that once serviced the state. A scrap metal firm purchased the railroad at auction in May and operations ended July 2, 1935. The remaining rails were lifted in 1936. The SR&RL continues to run in the present day on a revived short segment of the original railway in Phillips. Last season the railroad was pleased to announce the return of steam to Phillips; Monson #3 served as the primary steam locomotive power.

On January 16th I ventured to Phillips for a day trip of exploring and photography, the link to my photographs is below.

Stripping away color enhances the patterns, textures, shapes, tones, geometry, and shadows in these images – which helps to highlight the minimalism created by the snow covered tracks, and the mystery that something is left to be grasped and understood. Negative intrigue draws the viewer in; even though the compositions feature the hidden right-of-way. The mind's eye is forced to fill in the rest of the story...

http://www.losttracksoftime.com/p298349531

Enjoy,
Matthew
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Dave Buczkowski
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2017, 02:49:57 PM »

Matt;
Nice photos. The black and white certainly does evoke another era! One of these days I'll have to venture up there. I just don't seem to be able to get beyond Alna.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2017, 07:02:55 PM »

Nice photo essay Matthew.  Good to know what things look like when there is snow cover, scenes that few get to see.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2017, 07:46:14 PM »

Very nice pictures Matthew. I have been to the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes museum several times but never in winter. You have done a wonderful job of capturing the stark beauty of the museum blanketed in a deep layer of snow. Wonderful presentation.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 11:55:09 PM »

I especially like photo number 24 showing the alignment of the P&R covered bridge. It's a photo I've long wanted to take myself, but you really have to be there in winter to see it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2017, 05:25:15 PM »

Fall is a good time too. You can still see some of the large stones from the center pier scattered downstream
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