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The Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) => Bridgton & Saco River Railway => Topic started by: Jock Ellis on January 17, 2009, 06:29:07 PM

Title: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Jock Ellis on January 17, 2009, 06:29:07 PM
Stopped at an intersection in Cumming, GA on my way to work Friday, I had a red pickup truck with camper cap cross in front of me. Of interest was the white lettering on the windows of the cap that read,
Bridgton
Save the Rails.

What does this mean. And who in the north Georgia area might be having such a sign. I'd like to meet them.
Jock Ellis
Cumming, GA

Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Mike Fox on January 17, 2009, 06:53:13 PM
Are you sure it wasn't a red Suburban? Sounds like Bridgton Bill is travelling around down your way. He is the driving force of returning the (or atleast some) rail to Bridgton. He worked with MNGRR and others to get the Flanger moved there. He summers up here but winters down South.
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Glenn Christensen on January 17, 2009, 06:55:44 PM
 Hi Jock,

You saw "Bridgton" Bill Shelley's truck.  Bill is the fellow who is spearheading the group "Return of the Rails" and was a moving spirit behind the effort that saw the return of the B&SR flanger to Bridgton this past summer.  I'm sure he'd like to hear from you.

You can drop him an email at: bbs2u@roadrunner.com


Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Jock Ellis on January 18, 2009, 09:59:53 AM
It was red and it wasn't a car. Outside of that, I only really noticed the name Bridgton and the slogan. But I hope he lives around here. But why would anyone winter here? There isn't any snow.
Jock
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Stephen Hussar on January 18, 2009, 11:45:21 AM
...why would anyone winter here? There isn't any snow

EXACTLY!!  ;D
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: "Bridgton Bill" Shelley on January 19, 2009, 12:07:20 AM
Ok OK  You caught me on vacation down south. It is a red Suburban and it says " PLEASE SUPPORT - RETURN OF THE RAILS -  BRIDGTON, MAINE.  Maybe I will take this project country wide? In case anyone is interested, I had a painting done of #8 going along Hancock Pond in the Fall with all the colors. I had 50 16 X24 prints done of it and they are signed and numbered by the artist. They are for sale at the Chamber in Bridgton for 49.95 plus 6.00 shipping if needed and were done as a fund raiser for the project. Phone number for the Chamber is 1-207-647-3472 if you want to call and order one.This is the 1st in a series of four called The 4 seasons along the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad. The next one will be a summer scene with a train drifting into North Bridgton from Harrison circa 1900's. When I last talked with the Chamber there were only 12 prints left of #1. There are still some Return of the Rails t-shirts left if anyone is interested. I will be back in Maine next week for the train show at the Big E in Mass and then back to Bridgton to work on a few things for a week or so  then back south. Take Care All and I hope the new year is treating you well. Bridgton Bill
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Mike Fox on January 19, 2009, 07:47:33 PM
Looks like I'm headed for the Chamber, ASAP. Perhaps tomorrow.
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Glenn Christensen on January 19, 2009, 11:27:46 PM
Hi Guys,

I've got one of the prints.  It depicts a B&H passenger train running along the shore of Hancock Pond in Autumn.  A true Mainer would say its "wicked good".


Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on January 20, 2009, 12:35:36 PM
Bill,
Will you have any of the prints with you at the train show?  It's a closer trip for me to the show than to the Bidgton Chamber office right now.
Duncan
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: "Bridgton Bill" Shelley on January 20, 2009, 03:02:57 PM
Duncan   Sorry but I will not as I am coming from Atlanta to the show and then to Bridgton. You can call the Chamber and they will take your order and you can pay with a credit card or send them a check. The phone number is posted in my last posting. The shipping is 6.00. Thanks for your interest. Bridgton Bill
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on January 20, 2009, 05:35:07 PM
Thanks anyway Bill.  I hope we'll still get to chat at the show since I plan to be there regardless.
Duncan
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: "Bridgton Bill" Shelley on January 20, 2009, 08:46:04 PM
Duncan  I'll get a check from you at the show and send it out when I get to Bridgton if that works for you. Let me know and I'll get my cell # to ya. Bridgton Bill
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Mike Fox on January 20, 2009, 08:46:38 PM
Print #23/50 is now in my possesion. Great looking stuff. Now to get it framed and hang it where I can look at it easily. In front of the TV ought to work. I may not be the most popular guy in the house after that though.
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: "Bridgton Bill" Shelley on January 20, 2009, 08:59:23 PM
Thanks for the support Mike, it is appreciated ! Do you want the same # on the rest I'm getting done? The Summer one will be out around March 1st. I'll keep you all up to speed when it's time. And Again -THANKS! Bridgton Bill
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on January 20, 2009, 09:35:32 PM
...why would anyone winter here? There isn't any snow

EXACTLY!!  ;D
But hang on it does snow here in Maine because then why does the WW&F have a snow plow. No snow means no plowing the tracks.  :o ::) ;) :) :D
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on January 21, 2009, 11:13:58 AM
Bill,

I'm all set with both your home # in ME and your cell # from the first time you and I chatted last year.  I'll probably just contact the chamder directly about the print.

Duncan
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 21, 2009, 02:40:05 PM
Bill,  Do you have a table at the Big E show this weekend? 
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: "Bridgton Bill" Shelley on January 21, 2009, 03:46:58 PM
No Stewart, I don't. I was unable to get one as I started a little late on that one project and I was not sure if I was going to be able to be back up there. Hopefully next year  when we have gotten up a little more head of steam (funds). Thanks for asking. Bridgton Bill
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Dana Deering on January 27, 2009, 02:58:44 PM
I got one of those prints for Christmas and it is fabulous.  It is based on a photo of #8 taken along the shore of Hancock Pond.  In the print the loco is #7 and the two swimmers who are in the photo have been left out (for which I am grateful). 
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Mike Fox on January 27, 2009, 07:10:19 PM
Mine is going to be framed shortly and hung much to my wife's dislike, next to my other B&SR paintings (By Bill Paxton) so I can see it every day.
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: "Bridgton Bill" Shelley on March 13, 2009, 04:43:03 PM
TO ALL -FYI  The second print in the series of 4 Bridgton & Saco River RR prints will be coming out around the 1st of April. It will be the Summer scene and will have # 1 drifting into North Bridgton. It is a view taken from one of my unpublished photos. It is circa 1900's. Call the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce for more info @ 207-647-3472. There are great things starting to take shape in Bridgton as it pertains to the railroad and its return. I hope to have more info to report shortly. All proceeds go to further the effort to return equipment and some rail to Bridgton. Thanks to all for your support as we move forward with this effort. Anyone up for laying some Rail???  ::) :o ;D  Bill Shelley Return of The Rail
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Glenn Christensen on March 14, 2009, 09:22:53 PM
There are great things starting to take shape in Bridgton as it pertains to the railroad and its return. I hope to have more info to report shortly. All proceeds go to further the effort to return equipment and some rail to Bridgton. Thanks to all for your support as we move forward with this effort. Anyone up for laying some Rail???  ::) :o ;D  Bill Shelley Return of The Rail

Hi Bill,

After reading your hints, I was inspired to do a little Google search and came up with the following URLs:

The first is a community news piece entitled "Inside Bridgton" by Carrye Castelman-Ross.  It starts off with a very interesting piece outlining the national exposure Bridgton has been getting lately.  This is followed by the report that a significant local development is being planned.  It looks like it will encompass the entire Depot Street area. 

The URL for this is:  http://www.keepmecurrent.com/news/Print.cfm?StoryID=63908 (http://www.keepmecurrent.com/news/Print.cfm?StoryID=63908)

The second story is entitled, "New economic director honing vision for town's future."  It reports upon the results of a 3-day "Charette" held recently in Bridgton to solicit community input for the Depot Street develpment.  More than 50 local residents participated in this economic development planning event and the results from these sessions paint a very exciting picture of what this development could look like. 

The community interest in recapturing their narrow gauge heritage is remarkable (EVERY Charette group wanted it) and the narrow gauge could well be the single element that anchors the entire project. 

Check this story out at URL:  http://www.keepmecurrent.com/news/Print.cfm?StoryID=64010 (http://www.keepmecurrent.com/news/Print.cfm?StoryID=64010)   

Lest you think this whole project a pipe dream, you should know that Bridgton's new economic development direct is Alan S. Manoian.  He's the person who revitalized Lowell, Massachusetts.

Check it out!


Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Bill Sample on March 15, 2009, 01:02:07 AM
Sounds like Bridgton Bill and company's efforts have begun to pay off.  I'll bet having that flanger on display there has stirred up some interest.
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: James Patten on March 15, 2009, 05:43:11 PM
Who'd have thunk it?  I think everyone's perception was still that the railroad was not welcome.  I'm glad to be wrong!
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: "Bridgton Bill" Shelley on March 15, 2009, 08:01:25 PM
James  I sure would like to know where that perception came from. I think that the Charette that was held last weekend will go a long way to dispelling the rumors and that perception. There are still a few out there from away ,that are in power, that think that this is going down the wrong road and have become verbal naysayers. It's my hope that they will see the light of day soon and become positive supporters of the project. I know that when I put the 1st print in the 4 print series on the 4 Seasons on the B&SR up for sale to raise funds and awareness, it was the towns people that bought 40 out of the 50 limited edition prints. When I went around to everyone in town asking for help when I started this project, no matter how big or small the request was, EVERYONE pitched in. That in itself has told me that I was on the right track (no pun intended). I can not wait till the snow melts and we can get back to finishing the platform and making arrangments to get another piece of historic equipment back home to Bridgton. I believe that this project could and will benefit all in the narrow gauge community including the MNG. I would like to thank all that have helped to date and invite anyone that has an interest in what we are trying to do in Bridgton, to come join us. All are welcome! Bill Shelley  Return of The Rails
Title: Re: Seen at an intersection
Post by: Mike Fox on March 15, 2009, 08:14:45 PM
A series of 4 pictures. I'm going to need to free up some wall space.