The Car Works – SR&RL Railbus #4 (late)





This view shows the drive arrangements of the #4 bus which were common with the larger #5.

Note that the prototype of this model also served on the Bridgton and Harrison line as their #3 after it was sold by the SR&RL receiver in 1935. It then made the move to Edaville where it had a varied career and was eventually sold into private hands in the early 1990’s when the original Edaville dissolved. It has been moved around by truck starring in a Phillips “Old Home Days” celebration and various guest performances around the preserved two foot lines in Maine.

50 Years of the Gazette? – on disc


50 Years of the Gazette? – on disc – well not quite. What’s shown is the DVD-ROM set recently released by Bob Hayden which shows every page of the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette from March 1974 through until the end of 2014 – (239 issues) and complete scans from the Gazette’s predecessors, Bob Brown’s Finelines started in September 1964 – hence the 50 years – until January 1975, and Slim Gauge News from August 1970 until December 1974, when the two publications joined to become the Gazette.

What do you get? and what does it look like?

The screenshot below shows the first selection screen which comes up after the DVD’s have been fully loaded (an operation which took around 45 minutes in my case), to allow selection of particular issues. In this case, the selection criteria were Finelines, thumbnails and oldest first. Clicking on a particular issue then brings up that issue to be read onscreen.


The screenshot below shows the first screen with selection criteria of Finelines, list view and oldest first. Clicking on file number of a particular issue then brings up that issue to be read onscreen.


Further information about the DVD-ROM set can be found on Bob Hayden’s website;-

Non domestic US purchasers are advised that the International Mailing charges quoted will cover sending more than one set of DVD’s, so it may be worth working together with fellow modellers to place a group order.

Further information about the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette, including subscriptions can be found at;-

What’s in the DVD set for Maine Two Foot Modellers? a personal comment by Terry Smith;- 

As our plans lists show, Bob Brown published quite a number of Maine Two Foot plans in Finelines and the early editions of the Gazettes. Some of these have been published in later publications, but not all. I think that the purchase price of this DVD set is very reasonable for the content, and was glad to be included in a group purchase organised by another UK modeller. I have never had “hands on” access to Finelines and Slim Gauge News before and have enjoyed browsing through them, and I found it interesting to find out more about the early days of “commercial” On2.

There is a search keywords facility. The Maine Two Foot inspired/derived searches done so far have been mildly disappointing. Using “bridgton” brought up only 8 articles and just one of Dick Andrews articles about “The Bridgton Line as I knew it”.

Updated 24-11-2015. 



Precision Scale Flex track

tstr10Precision Scale introduced its On2 flex track in one yard lengths in mid-1983.

The track consists of an injection moulded tie (sleeper) base strip of 21 ties of random irregular lengths with moulded spike heads holding nickel silver code 70 rails. The track gauge typically ranges between .508″ to .512″ on measured samples.


Typical rail dimensions.

The tie base material is believed to be a Delrin type polymer. The dimensions of a typical tie are: 1.279″ long x .153″ wide x .103″ thick on .406″ centres (scale : 5′ 4″ long x 7.3″ wide x 4.9″ thick on 19½” centres).


This deliberately foreshortened view of the track clearly shows the irregular tie ends. The yellow arrows show the length of one of the tie strips. The dimension from the inside edge of the bottom of the rail to the outside of the tie varies from .377″ to .419″ on one side and from .374″ to .422″ on the other.



This underneath view shows the single bars connecting adjacent ties. Experience has shown that care needs to be taken when laying this track to ensure that the ties are as perpendicular to the rail as possible, and not angled, to avoid reducing the gauge of the rails. This is especially important on curves, and when running the larger Forney type locomotives.



……. reaching a major milestone, 50000 viewings

This was originally posted on the 16th August 2015……………..

…………sometime in the next day or so this blog will host its 50000th viewing.

Update: 50000 reached and passed! It was a busy day and we finished the day (16th August 2015) at 50106 views.

Some of the other more general model railroad blogs that I view treat this as a significant milestone, and I have to admit that reaching 50 thousand viewings within two and a half years from start-up on this blog has rather caught me by surprise for such an esoteric minority subject as modelling the Maine Two Footers in US O scale.

I hope that the viewers found what they were looking for and/or something else of interest – and continue to return for updates and new topics.

Thank You to all our contributors, and in particular to Trevor, Matt and Gary Graham for their help behind the scenes.

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Town Models


The Toy and Hobby House Scale Railroad Division announced their exclusive supply of the Town Models produced SR&RL coach #19/20 with this advert placed in the March/April1976 edition of the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette.

We believe that Town Models was a trading name used by Darryl Townsend when he moved from New England to the Chicago area. Previously Darryl had worked with Lee Snover Snr. on items released under the Leetown name.

We also believe that Town Models produced 50 pieces each of three brass models in 1976 before disappearing from the scene;- SR&RL Coach 19-20, SR&RL Combine 15 and SR&RL boxcar 147 which was offered for sale directly complete with SRE trucks.

A significant feature of the Town Models Coach #19/20 is that it was produced with the original arched windows representing the coaches in their as built condition for the P&R  (SR&RL 19 was built in 1890 for P&R as their #2 and SR&RL 20 was built in 1891 as the P&R #4.) Note that SR&RL Combine #15 was built in 1890 for P&R as their #1.

The Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette advert is reproduced here by permission of Bob Brown, Editor and Owner of the Gazette.

Editorial announcement – new page – “What’s here?”

We have added a new page titled “What’s here?” which is a listing of all the currently available pages and posts with clickable links to open each page or topic on another page/screen in another browser window.

This will enable viewers to search for topics by their title, and then view the topic in another window.

To go to the “What’s here?” page, click here.


Track Schematics – the Wiscasset line

This series of track schematics were produced by Trevor Marshall in 2007 as part of his mid-term re-design for his On2 Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR layout, and were originally published on the groups Fotopic site. Trevor drew them up to enhance his understanding of the operations of the smaller Maine Two Footers and to demonstrate the relative simplicity of their facilities. They are not to scale and where the track work changed over time, they generally represent the largest variant. Note that the original intent of these track schematics was as model railroad LDE’s (Layout Design Elements) rather than as historically or prototypically correct representations.

Click here to view Trevor Marshall’s On2 Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR layouts on another page.

The Wiscasset line operated from 1895 until 1933 between the Maine towns of Wiscasset, Albion, and Winslow, but was abandoned in 1936.

The line began operating to Weeks Mills on February 20, 1895, as the Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad. The line was reorganized in 1901 as the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway, and completed a branch line from Weeks Mills to the Kennebec River at Winslow intending but failing to connect with the Sandy River Railroad at Farmington. This branch line operated from 1902 to 1916 before it was abandoned.


The Lower Yard was around milepost minus 1


This station was milepost 0.0.


The Upper Yard was around milepost 1


Milepost 4.8


Top of the Mountain was around milepost 6.


Milepost 9.1


Head Tide Pit was around milepost 10.5


Milepost 13.3


Milepost 17.4


Milepost 20.4


Milepost 20.4


Milepost 23.0


Weeks Mills was at Milepost 28.2


Milepost 31.0


Milepost 32.9


Milepost 38.0


Milepost 43.5

The branch line to Winslow was built in 1901 as an ill fated attempt to connect with the Sandy River Railroad at Farmington, but only reached the Kennebec River at Winslow. The branch operated from 1902 until 1916 before it was abandoned.


Milepost 31.5


Milepost 36.5


Milepost 39.1


Milepost 42.7