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Ed Lecuyer

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Historic Photos
« on: March 08, 2023, 08:57:26 PM »
David Chase sent these photos he found online and wanted to share on the forum.
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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2023, 08:58:05 AM »
Anyone have an idea what year the photos were taken?

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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2023, 12:31:11 PM »
"The Lightning Freight taking a rest after 15 minutes"?

This is just a hunch, but where on the railroad was 15 minutes north of Wiscasset? Maybe along the Sheepscot River between Wiscasset and Sheepscot, south of the first 218 crossing?

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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2023, 02:34:40 PM »
I think it says "miles" not "minutes".  That would be somewhere up in Whitefield.

Otherwise, one of the pictures looks a lot like Stationhouse brook, south of Cross road.  But I recall only one derailment there.

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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2023, 03:40:21 PM »
I think it says, "Taking a rest after going 15 mi an hr."

Miles an hour. That would be speed. Plenty fast enough to derail given what we know about the historic ROW conditions.

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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2023, 05:03:09 PM »
I agree with James - this wreck happened along the Sheepscot River in lower Whitefield in the mid to late 1920s. Right up until the end, WW&F trains ran at 30-35 mph when the engineer (Earl) felt conditions were right.
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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2023, 08:08:38 PM »
There seems to be quite a bit of freshly-sawn lumber along the ROW in the first photo. Would a northbound train be taking that north from the sawmill in the yard at Wiscasset? Or was this a southbound train carrying lumber to the port? Obviously, it's along the Sheepscot River, but are we seeing a southbound train, or perhaps a reversed negative print?

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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2023, 11:00:58 PM »
The Portland Forney, 2 or 3 I can't tell, still has an acetylene headlight. They both got electric lights towards the end of 1921.

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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2023, 01:06:28 AM »
There seems to be quite a bit of freshly-sawn lumber along the ROW in the first photo. Would a northbound train be taking that north from the sawmill in the yard at Wiscasset? Or was this a southbound train carrying lumber to the port? Obviously, it's along the Sheepscot River, but are we seeing a southbound train, or perhaps a reversed negative print?
Those look like replacement ties to me.
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Re: Historic Photos
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2023, 09:57:52 AM »
Definitely ties, in the last photo you can see that they rebuilt a stretch of track. Looks like it was a major derailment, big enough to make the news. Some research would be in order, wish that I lived closer.

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