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The Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) => Bridgton & Saco River Railway => Topic started by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on March 20, 2011, 08:05:57 PM

Title: B&SR mile post
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on March 20, 2011, 08:05:57 PM
Back in 1961, a friend of mine had a camp up near Bridgton which we used to visit in the summer. I was 20 at the time and had only recently discovered the Maine 2 Footers via Moody's book. So naturally we did some exploring in the area.  In spot south of Bridgton there was a stretch of old roadbed right next to the highway. It was sand ballast with nearly all the ties still in place. We got out and walked some of it. In doing so we discovered a wooden mile post still standing beside the roadbed.  The paint was gone but you could still make out letters/numbers "embossed" on the wood. One side had BJ 15 and the other had H 6. My friend had a pickup truck so we came back with it and dug out the post and loaded it in the truck. This was broad daylight, in plain view, no houses around but the highway only 20 feet away. 

I took the post home and "planted" it in my yard, painted it white with black letters, and there it stood for 20 years.  When we sold the property after my parents had passed on, I dug it up and cut off the bottom which had pretty serious rot issues.  Then I donated it to the Walker Transportation Collection at the Beverly Historical Society & Museum, where it remains today. 

They also have an SR&RL mile marker which is a square wooden post with a metal sign mounted on the top with the miles indicated from up around Dead River. It was picked up over 30 years ago and was badly deteriorated.
Title: Re: B&SR mile post
Post by: Mike Fox on March 21, 2011, 05:03:24 PM
That's why I couldn't find that post. I was looking for a rotted base or something. I belive thet post stood on the south leg of the wye headed toward Harrison. Or am I thinking of the wrong milepost? A picture of the milepost can be seen on page 13 of the original or page 20 of the reprint of The Twenty-Four-Inch Gauge Railroad at Bridgton Maine.  While looking for photos for the reprint of this book, this is one photo that I could never find.
Title: Re: B&SR mile post
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on March 21, 2011, 05:52:20 PM
Lucky for Dick the statute of limitations has run  ;)
Title: Re: B&SR mile post
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 21, 2011, 08:46:57 PM
     Any chance you could post a photo of it?

Title: Re: B&SR mile post
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on March 21, 2011, 09:18:08 PM
I am no longer associated with the Beverly Historical Society & Museum and its Walker Collection. Dave Fletcher is the new Walker curator and I'll ask him if he would photograph the mile post from both sides and and place images of it here.  At the time that I gave it to the Walker Collection in 1984 it seemed like the best place to preserve it. Anyone can go in there and look at it and it's safe from deterioration. I don't regret that decision.