The Maine Two Footers – how big? (or small)

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Heading picture courtesy of the North Wales and West Cheshire Gauge O Guild group (layout and standard gauge stock) and shows a typical B&SR Freight train in the yard alongside a train of standard gauge Billboard Reefers.

Many casual observers do not realise quite how small the Maine Two Footers were. In this post we present some basic dimensions of Maine Two Foot rolling stock and compare these with some basic dimensions from a Mid Western common carrier three foot gauge line, the Ohio River & Western, which is reputed to be the inspiration for a number of items in the Bachmann On30 line.

The heading picture is our version of the well known prototype photograph taken in the Bridgton Junction yard showing a Maine Central standard gauge train alongside a Bridgton Two Foot train shown below.

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George Dutka has posted another picture showing a prototype Maine Two Foot loco, in this case SR&RL #24 despite what the caption says, on his Modeling Maine in Narrow Gauge blog. Click here to view on another page.

The dimensional tables below can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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Mid Western Three Foot railroad rolling stock dimensions from the OR&W.

Note some stock from this line has been used by Bachmann for dimensioning some items of their On30 line.

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