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The Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) => Bridgton & Saco River Railway => Topic started by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 17, 2009, 03:23:13 PM

Title: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 17, 2009, 03:23:13 PM
On August 12th and 13th I had the good fortune to spend some time with Bill Shelly and friends at the Chamber display on 302.  We cut some "ties" and spiked 30' of rail to make room for the last tank car.  Bill is optimistic it will be arriving on or about August 18th.  On August 13th we gathered again to spread some stone over the track we had laid previously then moved the flanger onto the freshly ballasted track.  On Friday I had other plans but Bill and friends had more stone delivered then spread it on the originally laid 30' of track.  After that the flanger was moved back into it's original resting place.  I have some pics of the work we did but have not had time to load them. The display looks very nice now.
Duncan
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 17, 2009, 03:48:53 PM
Duncan;
   That's good news! But what I find more interesting is the fact that you can spike in Bridgton but don't seem to be able to lift a spike maul in Sheepscot or Albion. Hmmm. Miracle drugs perhaps???
KD
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 17, 2009, 04:21:48 PM
Dave, no miracle drugs.  Just 8 months since shoulder was "fixed".  Besides, spiking into freshly milled 6 x 6 's with freshly drilled 3/8" or ½" holes is something I could have done even then.  Also, there was a waiting list of folks who wanted to try spiking...and did a heckuva good job.  Lots of interest in Bridgton for the "Return of the Rails" project. 
Tell you what, Dave, if I'm not freshly sliced and diced again this fall I'll spike some rail with you. 
Duncan
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 17, 2009, 10:43:13 PM
Duncan;
I'll look forward to it! I have to make sure our volunteers don"t run away on us...
Dave
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Mike Fox on August 18, 2009, 07:43:34 PM
The track looked great when I went by last week. Was unable to take a picture though. I will get one when I pick up my print they have saved for me.
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 18, 2009, 10:09:37 PM
KD and Duncan,

It sounds like we have a spiking crew!  Come October, I'll handle lifting the ties, while you both spike away!

Bill
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 19, 2009, 04:45:55 PM
Bill, that sounds like a plan.  I don't know if I can keep up with Dave though.  I've seen him spike like a well oiled machine. 
Duncan
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Mike Fox on August 19, 2009, 06:51:48 PM
Did a drive by on the Flanger today and it is now coupled to tank car #22. I know it says 14 on the side but that was someones oversight at some point. Looks great sitting there. I'll have some pictures as soon as I can stop by, possibly this weekend.
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Paul Horky on August 19, 2009, 09:59:39 PM
Mike Sounds like Bridgeton is getting its railroad back one piece at a time.
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on August 20, 2009, 12:17:56 PM
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I know it says 14 on the side but that was someones oversight at some point.

Actually, that flat under the tank is flat #14, but the tank is the tank from car #22.  the flat from car #22 deteriorated to the point of no return  :'( but the tank was saved and placed on car #14.

Our collection in portland is just far too large for us to handle alone.  That's why some pieces are being loaned out to other places rather than hoarded in portland.
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 21, 2009, 10:07:18 AM
Vincent, those of us with a soft spot for the B&SR appreciate the generosity of the MNG in Portland in sharing the cars through a loan to the Return of the Rails group. 
Mike is right, the flanger looks great sitting there on ballasted track.
Duncan
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Mike Fox on August 21, 2009, 09:02:01 PM
That would explain it Vincent. Thanks for clearing that up. We have been very fortunate lately that the MNGRR is willing to allow these organizations to display/restore/maintain these cars at no cost to MNGRR. It is the best way we are going to preserve these fine examples of transportation.
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Mike Fox on August 22, 2009, 11:31:28 AM
Here is a link from Thursdays Bridgton paper. http://www.bridgton.com/returnrail.php (http://www.bridgton.com/returnrail.php)
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Mike Fox on August 22, 2009, 08:18:43 PM
Here is a link to my NERail photo
http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?200908222012441536.jpg (http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?200908222012441536.jpg)

And here is another angle
(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-11/1225939/Bridgton%20Tank2.jpg)
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Ken Fleming on August 23, 2009, 09:10:51 AM
It will be great to see our tank in service.  Congrats to the B&SR group on their progress.
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 23, 2009, 09:15:28 AM
Thanks for the great pics, Mike...exciting to watch this progress!
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 23, 2009, 10:59:45 PM
It's great when a plan works out right.  Thanks to all for helping this organization bring back these survivors of the B&SR.
Duncan
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Ken Fleming on August 24, 2009, 07:48:20 AM
Seeing the B&SR's tank car brings a question or two.  Did SOCONY supply the tanks for free or at reduced cost or did the railway purchase them out right or did the customer foot the cost of the tank?  Were they built special for 2 foot service or were they used else where? Were there more than two tank cars?  Which Maine 2 foot railways had them?
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Mike Fox on August 24, 2009, 05:33:33 PM
There were only 2 Two-foot tank cars. Both were on the Bridgton and Saco River. I'm not sure about the smaller tank now at Bridgton, but the one currently in Alna is believed to have come from a Standard Gauge railroad, recieved with the patches that are still in place today.
Title: Re: Tank car coming soon
Post by: Glenn Christensen on August 24, 2009, 10:23:58 PM
What a beautiful sight!


Best Regards,
Glenn