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General Discussion / What happenned?
« on: November 27, 2008, 05:20:15 PM »
The little icon that shows if any new posts have been placed has changed. Why? I was just getting used to the old one.

General Discussion / Extreme Trains
« on: November 08, 2008, 05:49:48 PM »
The History Channel is at it again. They have produced another new series. This one is called Extreme Trains. It airs Tuesday nights at 10pm , starting this Tuesday, Nov. 11. Here is a link to the website Enjoy

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Cold Spring
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:03:47 PM »
As mentioned in another topic, we spent some time Sunday looking for the elusive cold spring. This has led to more research and re-reading where I found it.
  In an article in Down East magazine, October 1968, Edgar Mead repeats what he wrote in Busted and Still Running in that same Year. He was describing a trip North and the last station he mentioned was Ingalls Road where they met the motor car.  I will quote the next paragraph.
   "Near by was Deep Cut, another of the hilltops, a long cutting through a ledge, now lined with rows of small hemlocks. Along the bucolic stretch of track, with rails and telegraph line the only reminders of civilization, there was a cold spring right beside the roadbed. The spring had bubbled in the middle of the survey line, so construction crews piped its ice-cold water to a mossy enclosure of stones. Although not on the timetable, Cold Spring was a regular stop for nearly every summertime train with a moment to Spare."
   This leads me to believe we were in the right spot. That clay pipe may have actually been the right one. I would like to research that spot some more. There was water on the East side but no evidence that is was flowing like it was on the West side.
   Now, not to ask to much, but what is the possibility that there were two springs they stopped at? In Trains magazine, Feb. 1959, there is a story called "I Rented a Railroad for $35". In this story, the author talks about running the #8 South. After passing South Bridgton, Everett Brown tells them they will stop for water. The Author describes the location as follows. "From the pilot forward to the horizon atop a small rise, the rails stretched upgrade in a straight line, traversing a shallow fill in the foreground, trenching a hill in the background." A couple sentences later,"We slowed to a gentle stop on the grade midway between a cut and fill." Still a few more sentences later,"A small path led through the wood-worn bare by the countless treads of train crews. At the end was a crystal clear spring of pure mountain water emanting from the rock."-Robert Adams, Trains Magazine, Feb. 1959.
   So now I am thinking we may have found one, but still may have one to find.

General Discussion / Joe at Conway
« on: September 12, 2008, 07:22:16 PM »
A lot of people have asked me about Joe so If anyone is interested, Joe is seen in the 3 minute introduction video to Conway Scenic. Here is a link to the home page.

General Discussion / Danville Junction
« on: August 25, 2008, 06:04:03 PM »
For those interested, I had learned about a month ago that Danville Juntion would be changing. No more diamond. The crew member from St. Lawrence and Atlantic told me the tracks would swing from the mainline and roughly parallel MEC/Guilford/PanAm toward where the diamond is. Also the Station road will be closed. Read the following article in Mondays Sun Journal for more info. Get your photos now before it is too late. And maybe unrelated, but an Eastbound SLR Railtrain went through South Paris this afternoon about 3:30. All those rails, probably 1/4 mile long each, looked like they might be a handfull to wrestle them at the museum. Now if we could only find welded 60# rail someone wants to part with.

Museum Discussion / Web/Security Camera
« on: August 22, 2008, 07:23:57 PM »
I know on the old forum there was talk of someone offering a web camera. Any updates on this?

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Flanger Pictures
« on: August 03, 2008, 12:59:21 PM »
Well, I finally took a short ride this morning. For all those from away, you'll enjoy these. Click on the picture to make it larger.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Field Trip
« on: August 02, 2008, 06:52:49 PM »
Summer is almost over. Looking at my calendar, the next 4 weekends are occupied with various reunions/get togethers. How about trying something closer to fall?

General Discussion / Maine Central Mountain Division
« on: August 02, 2008, 12:08:26 PM »
Anyone interested in keeping up with the goings on for this line, I have found the latest story on it.

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