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Bailey Critter:
[Bruce Wilson wrote]

Older members of the W.W. & F. Ry. Museum will recall that the Whitcomb (Edaville no. 3) and the Plymouth (Bridgton no. 9) were at one time both owned by the Gilbert family at Beaver Brook Farm & Transportation Museum of Mont Vernon, N.H.  In the mid-1990's, these engines were offered for sale to the W.W. & F.  Though the deal was never made, both machines were bought by Marshfield, Mass. contractor, John N. Flagg for his personal collection. The Whitcomb was painted and lettered for the Cape Cod Canal railroad, which may have been done as a tribute to rail construction equipment once used for the creation of the canal. When Mr. Flagg became involved at Edaville, he painted and lettered the Plymouth for "Cranrail Corp." which was the operating entity at Edaville in the (circa) 1999 - 2000 period. The Whitcomb originally had a Hercules gas engine and chain driven. Under Cranrail, the critter was repowered with a turbocharged Cummins diesel and truck transmission. The cab was altered and handrails and running boards installed. A very powerful little machine, it could only be described as he'll on wheels, out on the old Edaville main. While this engine has kept a spot on the Edaville motive power roster, the Plymouth went on to the Silver Lake Railroad in Madison, N.H. until being sold to the Bridgton Railway Museum.


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