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Work and Events / Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2017, 07:18:30 PM »
I started work this weekend on the conversion of this trailer from road to rail. Boards were removed and burned, leaving the center board for support when I cut the cross members.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Interesting find
« on: October 21, 2016, 10:41:09 AM »
I have emailed the person about this, hoping to hear back..

General Discussion / Forum layout
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:46:40 AM »
Is mine the only one that changed? I now have "Other" as the top category instead of General Discussion..

Museum Discussion / Railfan & Railroad: August 2016
« on: July 25, 2016, 03:52:30 PM »
We have made the cover of Railfan & Railroads August 2016 magazine..

General Discussion / 1905 automobile versus train race
« on: June 28, 2016, 07:00:09 AM »
Interesting article in the Sun Journal today. Take a few minutes to read it. I like stories like this. About a 1905 adventure.

Work and Events / Flat Car 1014 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 20, 2016, 07:41:02 AM »
After some discussion as to what was needed at the museum, a recently donated broad gauge car (4'-8 1/2") will become a work flat. Having two of these will help make track building more efficient.

I started by trying to get the slip axle apart. I was not having much luck at home so I took it to the shop at work. I used a band saw and cut the axles to length.

I kept after the slip axle, trying to get it apart whole. I finally cut the axle to length, and used a press after I cut the axle again at the middle. 3000# on the press ( had it to 5000# but got nervous ) and applied some heat to get the axle to separate from the sleeve. I tried the sleeve on the non slip axle and it was too small. Pawed around the shop and came up with a short piece of pipe that the ID was slightly larger, but not quite enough to slide onto the pipe. So next I will clean and polish the two axle ends to get them to fit.  

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Bridgton Research
« on: February 16, 2016, 09:11:41 PM »
Recently sent around in an email in a group I belong to, I received permission to post this here. I know that some will find this information boring, but for the rest of us, it is another piece to the puzzle. Special thanks to Terry Smith for doing the research, along with the others he mentions, and allowing me to post it here.

Bridgton News available to view online.

The Bridgton Public Library has digitised its collection of local papers, and the Bridgton News from 1870 onwards is available to read on screen at

It has contemporary reports of many happenings of the B&SR and B&HR and in addition, it carries reports of interest to the fans of the other Maine Two Footers, such as George Mansfield reporting that the Sandy River RR had poor track and ballast but magnificent equipment, and reports of the opening of the Kennebec Central.

The Bridgton News of the period of interest to the Bridgton fan appears to have been a 4 page publication, always dated for the Friday of the week. Very occasionally extra pages were published, but note that sometimes the scanning runs pages and editions together – if the page or edition wanted is not apparently available then take a look at the previous and next available files.

All copies examined so far have had the then current B&SR Timetable at the top right hand of the back page, normally page 4.

For starters have a look at these pages;-
George Mansfield + B&B, page 2 column 1.
The story behind the B&SR.
First B&SR train arrives columns 2, 3 & 4. Track report column 6 under title Locomotive sparks.
Perley’s Mills derailment, column 4 top, also note column 3, loco recovered.

Enjoy if you visit,


(with due acknowledgements to my fellow researchers Wes Ewell and Rick Uskert)

Volunteers / January 2016 Work Planning
« on: December 28, 2015, 08:37:16 PM »
With expected snowfall this week, and will be safer to burn, I would like to go to the TOM and cut and burn trees Saturday. Of course the cars were put away in the car barn with something blocking coach 8, but it can be moved. 

The goal would be cutting our property about 30 or more feet into the woods on the west side, opening up the area for development, and add more potential photo angles.

There is also some thinning on the East side that needs to be done for better photo ops on that side. But priority should be the west.

As has been done in the past, anything we cut gets burnt that day, because cutting it and piling it to burn later is not as effective, and the brush has to get handled again.

Museum Discussion / Membership Update
« on: December 27, 2015, 10:27:06 PM »
Membership is climbing again. We gained 6 new members from Victorian Christmas alone, and one member was upgraded to life member as a Christmas present. We gained a membership from our hospitality on 12/5. In case anyone has forgotten, that was the first trip to AC with #9, and this couple was lucky enough to be there to enjoy. I will have some year ending numbers after the 1st in where we are membership wise compared to last year.

Work and Events / Koppel Dump Cars - Official Work Thread
« on: November 09, 2015, 08:08:38 PM »
Koppel cars need a little TLC, and I hate to suggest it, but perhaps a trip to RowMow MFG for a little cutting and welding...

Work and Events / Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 11, 2015, 08:10:38 PM »
This car is something several of us worked through the summer on, starting in early June when I went to inspect it. Many negotiations and a couple random inspections later, it landed on it's new home rails a week and a half ago. It is mostly complete, missing a little bit of hardware and a door. And it does need attention. Sitting outside all these years has not helped it any. We are pleased to have it, and will serve us well, no matter how we use it.

General Discussion / Mount Washington Cog Railway
« on: May 22, 2015, 09:13:22 PM »
Thought I would share with my friends. New Hampshire Public Television made this. Nice 26 minute show

Other Narrow Gauge / Facebook Narrow Gauge Russia
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:44:00 PM »
Received an email tonight, about a facebook page in for NGR, which I figure is Narrow Gauge Railway Russia. Interesting photos and scenes. Thought I'd share.

Volunteers / Volunteer Appreciation
« on: March 15, 2015, 09:22:29 PM »
   As we all know, the museum is a volunteer driven organization. Several work hard at the museum a few times a year, while others work a few days a week there. The museum could not function without any of it.

   In 2014, we had 185 people sign in the log book with time at or for the museum. This ranged in time from 1 hour to nearly 1000 hours for the year. We had 10 members that put in over 500 hours each.

   The total hours donated in 2014 was 16,250. That equates to just under 8 people working a 40 hour work week for the year. That is an incredible amount of time.

    So now on to my ulterior motive. If you have given time last year, and would like your thank you letter electronically delivered, I have that ability this year. Email me if you have my address, or message me through the forum. I would prefer not to put email addresses on here. Yours or mine.

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