50 Years of the Gazette? – on disc

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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.

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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.

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Further information about the DVD-ROM set can be found on Bob Hayden’s website;- http://bobhayden.com/

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;- http://www.ngslgazette.com/

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. 

 

 

The Book list – Part 9 – Miscellaneous

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In this section, we list some general Two Foot Railroad books and others books about Maine that may be of interest to Maine Two Foot Railroad modellers.

 

Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

Miscellaneous

 Revision date: 31 August 2013
Over The Rails By Steam Clinton F. Thurlow 1965 104 pages, 6 x 9
All aboard for Yesterday; A nostalgic History of Railroading in Maine Clinton F. Thurlow 1979 168 pages, 8 ½ x 11
Roadside New England 1900 – 1955 R Brewster Harding 1982  80 pages, 8¼ x 11¼, LOC 82-80265
Stories From The Two Foot Gauge Edgar T. Mead 1993 84 pages, 8 ½ x 11
In Quest of Maine Narrow Gauge 1938-1950 Robert MacDonald 1999 109 pages, 8 ½ x 11
The Portland Company 1846-1982 David H Fletcher 2002 128 pages, 6½ x 9¼,  ISBN 0-7385-1140-4
Narrow Gauge & Shortline Historical Society Newsletter reprint. 1975 to 1977 Gary Kohler/M2FQ 2009
approximately 150 pages, spiral bound
Historic Maine Hand Tinted Postcards Circa 1890-1914, Vol. 1 Peter S. Barney & Tim Mulina 2010 48 pages, 8½ x 5½, 91 images
Extra Narrow Gauge Junction Dick Andrews 2013 232 pages, 8 ½ x 11

 

The Book list – Part 8 – The Compendia

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In this section, we list those books which either deal with all the Maine Two Footers or subjects which are common to them all.

Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

Compendia

 Revision date: 12 January 2014
The Two Footers – Railway and Historical Society Bulletin No 57 H. T. Crittenden 1942 140 pages, 5 ½ x 8 ½
The Two Footers  – Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Publication Bulletin No 57 H T Crittenden 2001 ISSN 0090-7847  Reprint of 1942 issue
The Maine Two Footers Linwood Moody 1959   214 pages, 5½ x 8½ LOC 59-12774
The Maine Two-Footers –  2nd edition L. W. Moody  (edited Robert C. Jones) 1998 240 pages, 8 ½ x 11
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroads Robert L. MacDonald 2003 128 pages, 6½ x 9¼,  ISBN 0-7583-1179-X
Maine 2 Foot Gauge Forneys, Vol. 1, The Early Locomotives Peter S. Barney 2005 106 pages, 8½ x 5½, 156 photos, 15 plans
Maine 2 Foot Gauge Forneys, Vol. 2, The Design Comes of Age Peter S. Barney 2006 110 pages, 8½ x 5½, 170 photos, 12 plans
Maine 2 Foot Gauge Prairie Locomotives Peter S. Barney 2006 102 pages, 8½ x 5½, 127 photos, 38 plans
Freight Equipment of the Other Two Footers (KC, Monson, W&Q/WWFR) Peter S. Barney 2007 102 pages, 8½ x 5½, 173 photos, 24 plans
Work Equipment of the Maine Two-Footers Peter S. Barney 2007 102 pages, 8½ x 5½, 163 photos, 17 plans
Maine 2′ Gauge Passenger Cars, The Other Roads Peter S. Barney 2007 102 pages, 8½ x 5½, 171 photos, 31 plans
  Two Foot Cyclopedia Plan Book #2 Gary Kohler/M2FQ 68 pages, 17 x 11
  The Maine 2-Footers in Color, Second Edition Gary Kohler/M2FQ 94 pages
 Descriptive Catalogue of the Standard Empire Vacuum Brake (1880), (modern reprint)  2008  20 pages, 8 ½ x 11, ISBN 9781166398927

 The Moody book, which version?

Terry Smith wrote;- The original 1959 Moody book was 9″x 6″, 204 pages long. It had 17 chapters, each dealing with one of the Two Footers under the various names. Each of the smaller roads gets a diagram of the line with all sidings and stations shown. The Sandy River system and Wiscasset get separate maps in a pocket in the end covers. There are various appendices giving loco rosters and some timetables etc.

The 1998 Jones reprint, ISBN 0-911-581-47-2, is 11″ x 9″ and 240 pages long. Has some colour illustrations and additional photographs. Also has an extra chapter about the SR&RL 50 years on.

Should be in any Maine Two Foot enthusiasts’ personal library. Much better value than all the extra car kits that you will never build.

And Bob Schlechter added;-

Both books are great. One really needs both especially the original if they want any rosters as the reprint unfortunately omitted them but is of a larger format and better quality images plus the additions.

 

The Book list – Part 7 – The W&Q/WW&FR

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Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

W&Q/WW&F

 Revision date: 31 August 2013
General Orders WW&FR Co. 1911 8 pages, 5 x 7½, reprinted in 1972 by The Baggage Car
Albion On The Narrow Gauge Ruby Crosby Wiggin 1964 282 pages, 9×6
Big Dreams and Little Wheels Ruby Crosby Wiggin 1971 104 pages, 5½ x 8½, LOC 77-149640
1976 104 pages, 5½ x 8½, ISBN 0892720255
1992 Little Guy Press; 104 pages, 5½ x 8½,
The WW&F Two Footer, Hail and Farewell Clinton F. Thurlow 1964 110 pages, 5½ x 8½
The Weeks Mill “Y” of the Two Footers Clinton F. Thurlow 1964 64 pages, 5½ x 8½
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway of the Sheepscot River Valley 1895 to 1933. Rundlette Kensell Palmer 1978
Crying over a look back to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railroad Rundlette Kensell Palmer 1996 228 pages
Vol 2 – The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway – A Technical and Pictorial Review  Peter S. Barney 1986 88 pages, 8½ x 11
Vol 1 – Structures of the Maine Two Footers SR&RL, WW&F Peter S. Barney 1988  64 pages, 11x 8½, LOC 88-71314
Vol 8 – Industries & Operations of the Maine Two-Foot Gauge Railroads: Operations on the B&SR, Kennebec Central, WW&F and Monson Peter S. Barney 1997 84 pages, 11 x 8½, LOC 88-071314
Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railroad, A Pictorial Journey Vol 1, Wiscasset: Seaport of the Two Footers Peter S. Barney 2010 98 pages, 8½ x 5½, 179 photos & drawings
Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railroad, A Pictorial Journey Vol 2, Along the Sheepscot River Peter S. Barney 2011 112 pages, 8½ x 5½, 215 photos & drawings
Two Feet to the Tidewater – The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Robert C Jones & David L Register 1987 269 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-87108-729-4
Two Feet to the Tidewater – The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Expanded and Updated Edition Robert C. Jones & David L. Register 2002 386 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-9667264-3-X, Reprint
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 1- Wiscasset to Head Tide McChesney, Devos & Kohler 2001 M2FQ, 117 pages, 8½ x 11
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 2 – Whitefield to Weeks Mills Devos, McChesney & Kohler 2002 M2FQ, 114 pages, 8½ x 11
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 3 –  Palermo to Albion and the Winslow branch Kohler & McChesney 2003 M2FQ, 114 pages, 8½ x 11
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 4 – Equipment Kohler & McChesney 2004 M2FQ, 114 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 2004097141
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 5 –  Locomotives McChesney & Kohler 2006 M2FQ, 120 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 2005931054
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 6 –  Passenger cars McChesney & Kohler 2008 M2FQ, 104 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 2005931054
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Musings Ellis Walker 2003 112 pages, 8½ x 11

 

The Book list – Part 6 – The SR&RL

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Updated 15-01-2015.

Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

SR&RL

 Revision date: 31 August 2013
Rules for Employees, SR&RL and P&R SR&RL and P&R 1908 20 pages, 5½ x 8½, reprinted 1988 by ?
Handbook of Officers, Agents, Stations and Sidings (incl SR&RL) Maine Central Railroad 1917 42 pages, 5½ x 8½, Reprinted in 1980 by Edwin Robertson.
The Maine Scenic Route  H Temple Crittenden 1966 229 pages, 5½ x 8½, LOC 66-13307
I Grew Up With The Narrow Gauge Hazel Cushman Erickson 1971  48 pages, 5½ x 8½
Ride the Sandy River  L Peter Cornwall and Jack W Farrell 1973 248 pages, 240 photos, 8½ x 11, LOC 74-186271
Sandy River System – Locomotive Quarterly Fall 1996 Vol XX No 1 L Peter Cornwall 1996
Two-Foot Cyclopedia – SR&RL #23 William Jensen, Jr 1977 68 pages, 17 x 11
Two-Foot Cyclopedia – Kingfield, Maine William Jensen, Jr 1977 90 pages, 17 x 11
Two-Foot Cyclopedia – Kingfield, Maine W Jensen, G  Kohler & D Sleszynski 1999 110 pages, 17 x 11, reprint has 20 additional pages showing 100 photographs
Two Feet Between the Rails – The Early Years – Volume 1 Robert Jones 1979 416 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-913582-17-4
Two Feet Between the Rails – The Mature Years –  Volume 2 Robert Jones 1980 416 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-913582-18-2
Maine Two Foot Pictorial – SR&RL Freight Cars Gary Kohler 1986 88 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-912113-29-4
Maine Two Foot Pictorial – SR&RL Locomotives Gary Kohler 1987 204 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-912113-33-2
Maine Two Foot Pictorial – SR&RL Passenger Cars Gary Kohler 1995 152 pages, 8½ x 11
Maine Two Foot Pictorial – SR&RL Passenger Cars (second edition revised) Gary Kohler 2006
  A Chronological History of the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad, Part I,1878 – 1900 Gary Kohler/M2FQ 2008 80 pages
  A Chronological History of the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad, Part II, 1901-1937 Gary Kohler/M2FQ 2010 96 pages
  SR&RL Conductor’s Book October to November 1920 Gary Kohler/M2FQ 2013 Approx 50 pages
  SR&RL Freight Cars “A Comprehensive guide to the SR&RL Freight Cars:” Gary Kohler/M2FQ 2013 Approx 200 pages
  SR&RL Passenger Cars Vol. II
Gary Kohler/M2FQ 2013 Approx 200 pages
Vol 1 – Structures of the Maine Two Footers SR&RL, WW&F Peter S. Barney 1988 64 pages, 11 x 8 1/2
Vol 7- Handcars, Railcars, and Railbuses of the SR&RLRR Peter S. Barney 1990 64 pages, 8½ x 11
Vol 6 – Industries & Freight Train Operations of the SR&RLRR Peter S. Barney 1993 100 pages, 8½ x 11
SR&RL Cabooses Peter S. Barney 2005 70 pages, 8½ x 5½, 79 photos, 18 plans
SR&RL Passenger Cars Peter S. Barney 2006 98 pages, 8½ x 5½, 124 photos, 7 plans
Freight Equipment of the SR&RL Peter S. Barney 2007 96 pages, 8½ x 5½, 156 photos, 19 plans
Along the Sandy River, A Pictorial Journey Vol 1: Farmington to Strong Peter S. Barney 2007 106 pages, 8½ x 5½, 235 photos, 10 plans
Along the Sandy River, A Pictorial Journey Vol 2: Strong to Bigelow Peter S. Barney 2007 98 pages, 8½ x 5½, 182 photos, 22 plans
Along the Sandy River, A Pictorial Journey Vol 3: Phillips Peter S. Barney 2009 102 pages, 8½ x 5½, 203 photos, 21 plans
Along the Sandy River, A Pictorial Journey Vol 4: On to Rangeley Peter S. Barney 2007 110 pages, 8½ x 5½, 187 photos, 30 plans
SR&RL Caboose #553 Peter S. Barney & Tim Mulina 2009 54 pages, 8½ x 5½, 113 photos
Sunset on the Sandy River Elliott Steward 1993 110 pages, 8½ x 11
Sunset on the Sandy River (second edition ) Elliott Steward
The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad and Predecessors, Vol 1 Jerry DeVos 2007 Published by Stoney Brook Press
The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad and Predecessors, Vol 2 Jerry DeVos Published by Stoney Brook Press 282 pages, 300+ photos
The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad and Predecessors, Vol 3 Jerry DeVos 2013 Published by Stoney Brook Press
The Franklin County Narrow Gauges, The next stop is Rangeley Guy Rioux 2013 Purchase from the SRRL Museum store only
The Franklin County Narrow Gauges, The next stop is Phillips Guy Rioux 2013 Purchase from the SRRL Museum store only

The Book list – Part 5 – The Monson

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Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

Monson

 Revision date: 17 August 2013
Vol 1 – The Kennebec Central and Monson Railroads Peter S. Barney 1986 68 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 86-070947
Vol 2 – Structures of the Maine Two Footers – B&SR, Kennebec Central & Monson Peter S. Barney 1988 64 pages, 11 x  8½,  LOC 88-071314
Vol 8 – Industries & Operations of the Maine Two-Foot Gauge Railroads: Operations on the B&SR, Kennebec Central, WW&F and Monson Peter S. Barney 1997 84 pages, 11 x 8½, LOC 88-071314
Kennebec Central and Monson Railroads, A Pictorial Journey Peter S. Barney 2008 96 pages, 8½ x 5½, 159 photos, 20 plans
Monson – The Switzerland of Maine 1989  Reprinted 1995, 32 pages, 5½ x 8½
Monson Railroad Maine’s Two Foot Narrow Gauge Railroad to the Slate Quarries Roger Whitney 1989 88 pages, 5¼ x 8¼, Reprinted 1994
Two Feet to the Quarries – The Monson Railroad Robert C Jones 1998 98-87962 ISBN 0-9667264-0-5       First Edition150 pages, 8½ x 11
The Monson Railroad and its Proposed Extension Mitchell Construction Co. Reproduction by Edwin Robertson12 pages, 5½ x 8½
  A Pictorial History of the Monson Railroad Gary Kohler/M2FQ 120 + pages, 400 photos

 

The Book list – Part 4 – The Kennebec Central

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Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

Kennebec Central

 Revision date: 17 August 2013
Vol 1 – The Kennebec Central and Monson Railroads Peter S. Barney 1986 68 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 86-070947
Vol 2 – Structures of the Maine Two Footers – B&SR, Kennebec Central & Monson Peter S. Barney 1988 64 pages, 11 x 8½,  LOC 88-071314
Vol 8 – Industries & Operations of the Maine Two-Foot Gauge Railroads: Operations on the B&SR, Kennebec Central, WW&F and Monson Peter S. Barney 1997 84 pages, 11 x 8½, LOC 88-071314
Freight Equipment of the Other Two Footers (KC, Monson, W&Q/WWFR) Peter S. Barney 2007 102 pages, 8½ x 5½, 173 photos, 24 plans
Kennebec Central and Monson Railroads, A Pictorial Journey Peter S. Barney 2008 96 pages, 8½ x 5½, 159 photos, 20 plans
Two Feet to Togus – The Kennebec Central Railroad Robert C Jones 1999 198 pages, 8½ x 11, 99-68177 ISBN 0-9667264-1-3  1rst Edition