Track Schematics – The Kennebec Central

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.


Note that the track arrangement in the vicinity of the Car Shed may be different, according to different sources.

The Kennebec Central was another simple line, running the five miles from a terminus on the riverside at Randolph (above) to the National Soldier’s Home at Togus (below).




Note that this track arrangement shows the changes sometime after 1905 to provide two unloading bays inside the Power House Coal Storage Shed.

Updated 25 – Sep – 2018 & 30 – Sep – 2018.


3 thoughts on “Track Schematics – The Kennebec Central

  1. I believe there was only one track into the Car Shed at Randolph. Building wasn’t wide enough
    for two tracks and passenger cars.

    There were two tracks into the Coal Storage Shed for the Power House at Togus.
    No trackage into the Power House proper that I’m aware of.

    • Thanks for your observations Bob. The editors have spent some enjoyable time in their libraries to come up with a reply.

      Trevor’s track schematics match the maps shown on page 189 of Robert Jones’ book on the KC – “Two Foot to Togus”.

      The situation at Togus appears simpler so will be dealt with first. On page 35 of “Two Foot to Togus” there is an end on photograph showing the elevated trestle leading into two entrances in the structure covering the unloading area, which we will agree to call the Coal Storage Shed. The caption for this photograph suggests that the trestle was built soon after 1905 when the federal Government agreed to the KC moving all the coal into Togus, rather than sharing the transportation with local trucking companies. We would note that various captions in the book refer to this structure as “the Power House”.

      Researching the situation of the Car Shed outside Randolph, has proved more involved. It appears that the best information found so far is from Peter Barney in his June 1993 RMC article about his model of the KC. Peter refers to the original track plan shown on page 189 of Jones’ book, and notes that when he walked along the track-bed (many years later) it did not appear wide enough to support the four track abreast layout, but he prevaricates about whether the car shed could have contained two tracks. In the end he opted to build the model car shed as containing a single track, and used the ICC dimensional data to make the model 101 feet long but increased the width by six inches to 17 feet 6 inches wide.

      Lacking any other prototype information about the prototype KC car shed, Peter built his model using details from similar sheds on the Bridgton line.

      Note that one of Wes Ewell’s drawings shows the 2 track car shed used as a paint shop at Bridgton with a 20 foot wide foundation. It is possible that a simple storage shed, not needing working access to the car sides could be significantly narrower. In a private communication Wes has indicated that he also has walked the KC right of way and notes that the grade along the car shed is relatively steep for a railroad, and wonders if the car shed was level or built on the grade.


      • 01-02-2019: I have just come across some information sent to me earlier by fellow Editor Matt, showing the dimensions of the single track car shed at Kingfield on the SR&RL. The dimensions are 100 feet long by 13 feet wide overall, with a single pent roof 14 feet high on the high side and 13 feet on the low side.

        These dimensions allow a fairly generous space on both sides of a 6 foot 6 inch wide passenger car inside the shed of 38″, reducing to 30″ where the support posts are.


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