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Dana Deering

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Offloading at Bridgton Junction
« on: April 22, 2009, 05:43:23 AM »
OK, here's another question that has arisen from my addled brain:  How did the B&SR off load locomotives and cars that were delivered by the MeC?  The Sandy River had an elevated track at the Farmington Transfer Yard and the standard gauge flat was backed up to this track so that the equipment being transferred from wide to narrow gauge was level with the two foot rails.  Using idler cars the car or locomotive was hauled off or pushed onto the wide gauge car.  So, how do you suppose this was accomplished at Bridgton Junction?  There was no elevated track there that I know of.  There was a dual gauge track to the coal shed but how do you suppose a car or locomotive was offloaded from car to rails?  There was no crane at the Jucntion.  Did the MeC bring in a Big Hook?  Any thoughts?

Ira Schreiber

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Re: Offloading at Bridgton Junction
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 01:12:10 PM »
The most common way according to photos of other railroads, was to build up a ramp using ties, chain the vehicle to be unloaded and slowly let out the chain and stand back!