Prototype Information: the SR locomotives

The notes on individual locomotives were originally collated and published by Chuck Collins, and are re-published here with his permission. The introduction, updates and formatting for this blog by Terry Smith. Updated 15-01-2015.

The Sandy River Railroad

The Sandy River Railroad ran the 18 miles from Farmington to Phillips. The railroad was chartered and building started in 1879 and the SR fortuitously managed to acquire the former B&B locomotives, rolling stock and track from the mysterious “Mr Brown of New Hampshire” who had acquired them a year earlier when the B&B line folded in June 1978 and its assets sold. The Sandy River Railroad was originally financed by the towns of Strong, Phillips, Madrid and Rangeley and private investors.

It is believed that some of the original SR backer’s then went onto to separately finance the Franklin & Megantic Railroad. These common owners then became one of the groups that agreed to the “Franklin County Consolidation” in January 1908 which lead to the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad company being formed to acquire and operate all the separate lines and companies.

The railroad merged into the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad company in January 1908 and ceased to exist as a separate entity, although popular vernacular still refers to the Sandy River for the merged system after 1908.

SR #1

Hinkley #1251 built 1877 as Billerica & Bedford Ariel.

12 ton inside frame 0-4-4RT
30″ diameter 130psi boiler
8″x12″ cylinders
30″ drivers
Rear tank carried 400 gallons water and 1/4 ton coal.

This locomotive served as

Billerica & Bedford #1 Ariel (1878 – 1879) as a strict cab forward Forney design.

Sandy River #1 Dawn (1879 – 1890) rebuilt as a conventional boiler first locomotive.

Rebuilt in 1882 with longer wheelbase, larger cab and water tank.

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #1 (1908 – 1912)

This was the first two foot gauge engine built for New England, and was virtually identical to Billerica and Bedford Puck built shortly thereafter. Built to run tank first. Purchased by Sandy River Railroad following dismantling of Billerica and Bedford Railroad. Rebuilt by the Hinkley Works in Boston in April 1879 as Sandy River Dawn #1 running boiler first and using wood fuel. Used as Sandy River Railroad construction engine beginning October 1879. Wrecked on plow train at Sandy River bridge south of Phillips 23 January 1882. Rebuilt March 1882 with longer wheelbase, larger cab, and tank capacity increased to 500 gallons. Became the preferred Sandy River engine following rebuilding. Used for passenger service following delivery of Sandy River #4 in October 1890. Reconverted to coal burning in 1893. Used as a standby engine following purchase of Sandy River 2nd #2 in 1893. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #1 in 1908 consolidation. Little used following purchase of Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #9 in 1909. Scrapped September 1912 as Maine Central Railroad modernized subsidiary Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes locomotive fleet.

Editors note: 20-05-2017: the statements in italics need checking, as they appear incorrect by later photographs.

SR #2 (1st)

Hinkley #1261 built 1877 as Billerica & Bedford Puck.

12 ton inside frame 0-4-4RT
30″ diameter 130psi boiler
8″x12″ cylinders
30″ drivers
Rear tank carried 400 gallons water and 1/4 ton coal.

This locomotive served as

Billerica & Bedford #2 Puck (1878 – 1879) as a strict cab forward Forney design.

Sandy River #2 Echo (1879 – 1890) rebuilt as a conventional boiler first locomotive.

Phillips & Rangeley #2 Bo Peep (1890 – 1893)

Phillips & Rangeley #4 Bo Peep (1893 – 1908)

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #4 (1908 – 1912)

This locomotive was a reorder of the Billerica and Bedford Ariel design to be used as a standby engine. Built to run tank first. Purchased by Sandy River Railroad following dismantling of Billerica and Bedford Railroad. Rebuilt by the Hinkley Works in Boston in April 1879 as Sandy River Echo #2 running boiler first and using wood fuel. Used as Sandy River construction engine beginning 25 September 1879. Pulled the first passenger train to Strong 12 November 1879. Sold to Phillips and Rangeley Railroad as P&R #2 Bo Peep in July 1890 and used as Phillips and Rangeley construction engine. Renumbered Phillips & Rangeley #4 and used as a standby engine following purchase of Phillips & Rangeley 2nd #2 in 1893. Used for summer only passenger service between Rangeley and Green Farm upon completion of the Eustis Railroad in 1904. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #4 in 1908, but little used following discontinuance of Eustis branch passenger service in same year. Scrapped September 1912 as Maine Central Railroad modernized subsidiary Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes locomotive fleet.

SR  #2 (2nd)

Baldwin #13733 built 9/1893 as Sandy River 2nd #2.

20 ton outside frame 2-6-0
36″ diameter 140psi boiler
12″x16″ cylinders
33″ drivers
13 ton tender carried 1000 gallons water & 1.5 tons coal.

This locomotive served as

Sandy River #2 (2nd) (1893 – 1905).

Sandy River #7 (1905 – 1908).

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #18 (1908 – 1936)

Substantially rebuilt as a Prairie locomotive in 1916.

This was a repeat of the Laurel River & Hot Springs Mogul design. Purchased to handle increasing volumes of lumber being received from Philips & Rangeley and Franklin & Megantic railroads. Used as the preferred Sandy River freight engine until delivery of Sandy River #8 in 1904. Then used as a standby freight engine. Renumbered Sandy River #7 in June 1905. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #18 in 1908. Rebuilt January 1916 by Maine Central Railroad Waterville shops adding a trailing truck to support a larger boiler, and a proportionally larger tender was provided similar to the original design of Sandy River #8, and identical to the recently completed conversion of Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #16. Fitted with air brakes and electric headlight in 1919. Subsequently used system wide in freight and mixed service. Wrecked when Kingfield bridge collapsed on 29 May 1922. Burned in 12 February 1923 Phillips engine house fire. Repaired, and received a new tender built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1926. Used as a standby engine during receivership. Pulled the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes scrapping train in 1936. Scrapped at Farmington when dismantling was complete.

SR #3 (1st)

Porter #565 built 4/1883 as Sandy River #3.

Configuration: 14 ton inside frame 0-4-4RT
31″ diameter 130psi boiler
9″x14″ cylinders
38″ drivers
Rear tank carried 550 gallons water & 1 ton wood.

This locomotive served as Sandy River #3 (1883 – 1894).

Wiscasset & Quebec #1 (1894 – 1901).

Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railroad #1 (1901 – 1906).

Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway #1 (1906 – 1916).

This was the least successful 2 foot gauge engine design to operate in Maine. Its frame was long and rigid in comparison to the contemporary Hinkley pattern later used by Portland, and 38 inch drivers raised the center of gravity. Derailed easily and was especially troublesome on newly laid track. Used as a standby engine for the Sandy River, Franklin & Megantic, and Phillips & Rangeley railroads. Rebuilt to burn coal when sold to Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad as W&Q #1. Used as Wiscasset & Quebec construction engine beginning in September 1894. Used as standby engine following delivery of W&Q #2 and #3 from Portland in November 1894. Little used following discontinuance of service on Winslow branch in 1912. Scrapped in 1916 and boiler used as a culvert in Whitefield.

SR #3 (2nd)

Baldwin #12964 built 10/1892 as Laurel River & Hot Springs James Wyman.

20 ton outside frame 2-6-0
38″ diameter 140psi boiler
12″x16″ cylinders
33″ drivers
13 ton tender carried 700 gallons water & 1 ton coal.

This locomotive served as

Laurel River & Hot Springs James Wyman (1892)

Sandy River #3 (2nd) (1900 – 1905).

Sandy River #6 (1905 – 1908).

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #16 (1908 – 1936)

Substantially rebuilt as a Prairie locomotive in 1915.

This improved Mogul design was based on observation of Phillips & Rangeley #3. The North Carolina lumber operation for which it was built failed within a few months, and the engine was brought to Wiscasset on 20 January 1897. The engine was put in storage in Portland when the Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad was unable to pay for it. Built with air brakes and became the first Maine 2 foot gauge engine so equipped. Delivered to the Sandy River railroad in February 1900. Renumbered Sandy River 2nd #3 and became the preferred freight engine on Sandy River subsidiary Franklin & Megantic Railroad. Overturned in switching test by Orris Vose at Salem Summit on 29 October 1900. Derailed on a plow train at Salem Flat on 8 February 1901. Renumbered Sandy River #6 in June 1905. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #16 in 1908. Rebuilt October 1915 by Maine Central Railroad Waterville shops adding a trailing truck to support a larger boiler, and a proportionally larger tender was provided similar to the original design of Sandy River #8. Subsequently used system wide in freight and mixed service. Fitted with electric headlight in 1919. Burned in 12 February 1923 Phillips engine house fire. After completion of repairs rolled over during low speed collision with Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #23 at Phillips in 1924. Unused after 1932. Scrapped during dismantling of Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad in 1935.

SR #4

Portland #616 built 10/1890 as Sandy River #4.

18 ton inside frame 0-4-4RT 3
34″ diameter 140psi boiler
10.5″x14″ cylinders
33″ drivers
Rear tank carried 600 gallons water & 3/4 ton coal.

This locomotive served as

Sandy River #4 (1890 – 1908).

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #5 (1908 – 1919).

This engine was built in a joint order with Phillips and Rangeley #1. The two engines reflected Portland Company’s initial modification of the Hinkley design. This engine was ordered to replace Sandy River #2 when that engine was sold to the Phillips and Rangeley. Used as the Sandy River freight engine until Sandy River #5 was delivered in May 1891. Then assigned to passenger service including the Rangeley Express. Burned in Phillips 19 June 1897 engine house fire. Derailed by ice and overturned on a Phillips & Rangeley plow train between Dallas and Dead River Station on 21 January 1903 with Dana Aldrich as engineer. Derailed by excessive speed and rolled over with the southbound Rangeley Express north of Strong on 8 September 1906. Used as a standby passenger engine following delivery of Sandy River #16 in 1907. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #5 in 1908 consolidation. Derailed and rolled over with passenger train near Carrabasset 26 October 1913. Little used following purchase of Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #10 in 1916. Scrapped when Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #24 was delivered in 1919.

SR #5

Portland #622 built 5/1891 as Sandy River #5 N. B. Beal.

18 ton inside frame 0-4-4RT
34″ diameter 140psi boiler
10.5″x14″ cylinders
33″ drivers
Rear tank carried 600 gallons water & 3/4 ton coal.

This locomotive served as

Sandy River #5 (1890 – 1908).

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #6 (1908 – 1925).

Kennebec Central as KC #4 (1908 – 1925).

Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington #9 (1908 – 1925).

Currently at the WW&F Museum.

This engine was a repeat order for the design of Sandy River #4. Purchased to handle lumber traffic being produced by mills on the newly completed Phillips and Rangeley Railroad. Used as the Sandy River freight engine until Sandy River 2nd #2 was delivered in September 1893. Overturned at Strong in December 1892, and repaired with a new cab January 1893. Burned in Phillips 19 June 1897 engine house fire. Engineer Will Barker was killed when this engine was hit and overturned by a standard gauge engine at the Farmington diamond on 20 December 1897. Used as the Franklin & Megantic freight engine from completion of repairs in February 1898 until the former Laurel River & Hot Springs mogul was purchased in February, 1900. Then used as the Franklin and Megantic passenger engine. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #6 in 1908. Overturned with passenger train south of Salem Summit 23 January 1917. Electric headlight installed 13 December 1921. Sold to the Kennebec Central as KC #4 in 1925 and used as their standby engine until discontinuance of service in 1929. Purchased by Frank Winter and moved to Wiscasset in 1932. Renumbered Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington #9 and used as the standby engine until discontinuance of service on the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington in 1933. Purchased by a railfan and moved to Connecticut in 1937.

SR #6

The second #3 was re-numbered as  Sandy River #6 (1905 -1908)

See entry for the second #3 above for more details.

SR #7

The second #2 was re-numbered as  Sandy River #7 (1905 -1908)

See entry for the second #2 above for more details.

SR #8

Baldwin #23874 built 3/1904 as Sandy River #8.

25 ton outside frame 2-6-2
40″ diameter 180psi boiler
12″x16″ cylinders
33″ drivers
19 ton tender carried 1500 gallons water & 2 tons coal.

This locomotive served as

Sandy River #8 (1904 – 1908).

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #19 (1908 – 1935).

This engine was the first Prairie type on the Maine two foot gauge railroads. A larger boiler was supported by adding a trailing truck to the frame designed for the Laurel River & Hot Springs Mogul, and a proportionally larger tender was provided. Purchased to handle lumber traffic produced by new sawmills at Madrid and Bigelow. Used as the preferred freight engine on the Phillips to Farmington main line until Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #23 delivered in 1913. Then used system wide. Wrecked north of Strong on 22 March 1907. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #19 in 1908. Fitted with air brakes and electric headlight in 1919. Burned in 12 February 1923 Phillips enginehouse fire. Repaired, but unused after 1932. Scrapped in 1935.

SR #16

Baldwin #31826 built 9/1907 as Sandy River #16.

Configuration:
28 ton inside frame 2-4-4RT
41″ diameter 180psi boiler
11.5″x14″ cylinders
35″ drivers
Rear tank carried 800 gallons water & 1.5 tons coal.

This locomotive served as

Sandy River #16 (1907 – 1908).

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #8 (1908 – 1935).

This was one of a pair of engines built to Bridgton master mechanic Mel Caswell’s specification for inside frames. The other was Bridgton and Saco River #6. These were the largest Maine 2 foot gauge engines built with inside frames, and the only inside frame engines Baldwin built for the Maine 2 foot gauge railroads. Sandy River’s next order to Baldwin, after a year of experience with this engine, was for an identical engine with outside frames. Purchased to replace the Portland Forneys with more power for the Rangeley Express. Renumbered Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes #8 in 1908. Engineer Frank Hodgman was killed when this engine left the rails and tipped over at Fairbanks while pulling the 11 August 1917 Rangeley Express northbound. Used as a standby engine for low speed work following that wreck. Fitted with air brakes and electric headlight in 1919. Burned in the 12 February 1923 Phillips engine house fire. Not repaired and scrapped when the railroad was dismantled in 1935.

Passenger car models availability by prototype roadnames;- SRRR

SRRR Passenger cars                                             Rev 1                dated: 20-12-2013

RR

#

Type

Model Builder

Notes

Current status

Builder

Date

SRRR

1

Baggage DRL-103 ex B&B B, used as  baggage 1879 SRRR #1, leased to F&M as caboose, rebuilt 1906, renum #5 1908

burned 1920 (no record of rebuilding), scrapped 1926

SRRR

2

Baggage DRL-102 ex B&B A, transferred to SR&RL #4 1908

Ranlet Car Co – Laconia

1876

SRRR

3

Coach DRL (*/#) ex B&B “Sylvan”, by 1890 ellipse board name removed, transferred to SR&RL #16 1908

destroyed 1960

Ranlet Car Co – Laconia

1876

SRRR

4

Combine DRL (*/#) ex B&B “Fawn”, transferred to SR&RL #12 1908

destroyed 1950

Ranlet Car Co – Laconia

1876

SRRR

5

Passenger

Car Works, DRL (*/**/#)

Transferred to SR&RL #17 1908

SR&RL Museum SRRR #5

Laconia

1884

SRRR

6

Passenger

Car Works, DRL (*/**/#)

Transferred to SR&RL #18 1908

SR&RL Museum SRRR #6

Laconia

1884

SRRR

7

RPO – Baggage NJ/CB, Grandt Line, DRL (*/**/#) Transferred to SR&RL #8 1908

destroyed

Billmeyer & Small

1893

SRRR

8

Passenger Car Works Transferred to SR&RL #22 1908

destroyed 1960’s

AC&F

1903

SRRR

Rangeley

Parlor Car

Car Works, DRL (*/**/#)

Transferred to SR&RL #9 Rangeley 1908

stored at MNGRR

Jackson & Sharp

1901

SRRR

B?

Excursion ex B&B B?, rebuilt as Caboose #1, referred to as F&M #1  rebuilt again 1906, renum #5 1908

burned 1920 (no record of rebuilding), scrapped 1926

Ranlet Car Co – Laconia

1876

SRRR

C?

Excursion DRL-102 ex B&B C?, rebuilt as Caboose #3

scrapped in rebuild

Ranlet Car Co – Laconia

1876

SRRR

 –

Excursion Transferred to SR&RL #29 1908

converted to pulprack 1924

Unknown

1906

SRRR

 Excursion Transferred to SR&RL #30 1908

converted to pulprack 1924

Unknown

1906

SRRR

 Excursion Transferred to SR&RL #31 1908

scrapped 1935?

Unknown

1907

Deerfield River Laser make 36 foot Quik-Kits (coded * in this table), 46 foot kits (coded ** in this table) and 6 foot 6 inches wide ends (coded # in this table). See the Deerfield River Laser Two foot page for further details;- http://www.deerfieldriverlaser.com/CarsSides.html

Deerfield River Laser has full kits for former B&B stock; see http://www.deerfieldriverlaser.com/NGCarsPage.html and also the FAQ posts for B&B and SRRR. Full kits are coded as DRL-102 etc. in the above table.

Deerfield River Laser make 36 foot Quik-Kits (coded * in this table), 46 foot kits (coded ** in this table) and 6 foot 6 inches wide ends (coded # in this table) which are replacement side (and ends) conversion kits for passenger cars using Bachmann Passenger cars as donor vehicles at http://www.deerfieldriverlaser.com/CarsSidesList.html

Grandt Line does door and window sets for SR&RL stock at http://www.grandtline.com/products/mrr/mrr%20car%20and%20loco%20detail%20parts/o%20details/o_passenger_details.html

Locomotive models available by prototype roadname; Sandy River Rail Road

Railroad

Loco #

 Locomotive

Manufacturer

min radius

Notes

SRRR  roster info Carter

SRRR

1

Forney 0-4-4T Hinkley

Putnam & Stowe

kit

26″

purchased from B&B  “Ariel” 1879, 1882/83 wrecked, rebuilt with larger cab and tank, 1893 converted to coal with longer smokebox, transferred to SR&RL#1 1908, different stack then SRRR #2, model based around 1900

Hobbybarn 577-301

etch

etch for coal version after 1893, can be backdated by modifying smokebox

 SRRR

2 (1rst) Echo

Forney 0-4-4T Hinkley

Putnam & Stowe

kit

26″

purchased from B&B  “Puck” 1879, sold to F&M #2 1890, different stack then SRRR #1, model based around 1900

SRRR

2 (2nd)

Baldwin Mogul 2-6-0 re-numbered #6 1905,

 SRRR

3

Forney 0-4-4T Porter cn565* sold to W&Q #1 1893

SRRR

3 James Wyman (Old Star)

Baldwin Mogul 2-6-0

Hobbybarn 577-252

etch

purchased from Laurel River & Hot Springs, re-numbered #7 1905

 SRRR

4

Forney 0-4-4T Portland cn616* transferred to SR&RL #5 1908

 SRRR

5

Forney 0-4-4T Portland cn622*

NJ/CB -GOM  (SR&RL #6)

 model

33″

transferred to SR&RL #6 1908, model is of SR&RL #6

SRRR

6

Baldwin Mogul 2-6-0 transferred to SR&RL #18 1908

SRRR

7

Baldwin Mogul 2-6-0 re-numbered from #3 1905, transferred to SR&RL #16

 SRRR

8

Mogul 2-6-2 Baldwin cn23874 transferred to SR&RL #19 1908

SRRR

16

Forney 0-4-4T Baldwin cn31826 transferred to SR&RL #8 1908

SRRR; Historic list of plans

Historic SRRR drawings list; the content of this list of drawings was last updated on the 11th November 2003.

RR Description Reference source Vol-issue yr-mo pg-
SRRR Sandy River Boxcar “A”, Part 1 Hall, Mark D. M2FM 1995/3 v47a pg-13
SRRR Sandy River Boxcar “A”, Part 2, Baggage Doors Hall, Mark D. M2FQ 1995/11 v01#02 pg-10
SRRR Strong New England Creamery scratchbuilding Harris, Mark M2FQ 1996/02 v01#03 pg-2
SRRR Loco “Ariel” drawing, became SR #1 “Dawn” Cornwall, L. Peter Ride the Sandy River pg-126
SRRR Loco #1 “Dawn”, came over from B&B as Ariel Cornwall, L. Peter Ride the Sandy River pg-124
SRRR Ariel dwg Crttenden, Henry D. the Maine Two-Footers 1959/ pg-048
SRRR Puck dwg Crttenden, Henry D. the Maine Two-Footers 1959/ pg-048
SRRR Loco #3 0-4-4T NGSL 1985/07 pg-80
SRRR Passenger #5 Kohler, Gary SR&RL Passenger Cars pg-151
SRRR Dickey Bridge Schlechter , Robert dwg avail -R Schlechter
SRRR Farmington diamond from MCRR dwg Jensen, Bill NGSL 1977/03 v03#01 pg-59
SRRR Farmington yards map Cornwall, L. Peter Ride the Sandy River pg-047
SRRR Phillips yard map Cornwall, L. Peter Ride the Sandy River pg-090
SRRR Phillips Roundhouse/Shops, plot & elevation plans Schlechter , Robert dwg avail -R Schlechter
SRRR Phillips roundhouse Porter, Richard M2FQ 2000/06 v05#04 pg-9
SRRR Phillips station, HO drawing Barney, Peter Structures of the Maine Two-Footers pg-02
SRRR Phillips Tool Shed Drawing Bissonnette, J. M2FQ 1997/05 v02#04 pg-5
SRRR Phillips (old style) turntable, Strong & Kingfield as well Schlechter , Robert dwg avail -R Schlechter
SRRR Phillips Water plug, HO drawing Barney, Peter Structures of the Maine Two-Footers pg-12
SRRR Phillips Sanborn Insurance map 1924 Sanborn 1924/ pg-
SRRR Strong Bumper post on siding Cornwall, L. Peter Ride the Sandy River pg-069
SRRR Strong yard map (siding is wrong, see page 72 in Ride the SR) Cornwall, L. Peter Ride the Sandy River pg-068
SRRR Strong (old style) turntable, Kingfiled & Phillps as well Schlechter , Robert dwg avail -R Schlechter
SRRR Strong Water plug, HO drawing Barney, Peter Structures of the Maine Two-Footers pg-13
SRRR Strong Sanborn Insurance map Sanborn 1924/ pg-

What are “the Maine Two Footers”?

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The former Monson locomotive #3, seen here at the Portland Narrow Gauge Museum in 1997 is a typical Maine Two Foot locomotive. The narrowness of two foot gauge track is evident at the feet of the onlookers.

What are “the Maine Two Footers”?

Most enthusiasts would recognise them as a group of two foot gauge railroads that were built in Maine from the 1880’s onwards, and operated as common carriers to their local communities until as late as the 1940’s.

They were characterised by using the same locomotives designs, and the same suppliers for rolling stock initially, and later worked co-operatively to develop better and larger locomotives. A number of locomotives and coaches changed lines at various stages of their careers.

The lines are;-

B&SR; – Bridgton and Saco River (after 1927 Bridgton and Harrison B&H)

KC – Kennebec Central

Monson – The Monson

SR&RL – Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes (formerly Sandy River, Franklin & Megantic, Phillips & Rangeley, Eustis) with two associated lines Madrid RR, Kingfield & Dead River RR which were both developed to handle lumber interest in the area, but never had equipment of their own.

WW&F – Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington (formerly Wiscasset & Quebec).

The first two foot gauge common carrier railroad built on the East Coast was the ill fated Billerica & Bedford railroad in Massachusetts which started the interest in two foot railroads but only operated  for nine months, before the equipment was sold to the then building Sandy River Railroad.

A lot of the equipment was to later return to Massachusetts when the remnants of the Bridgton and Harrison line and two Monson locomotives plus other various equipment were collected at South Carver to form the Edaville Railroad, which ran from 1947 until initial closure in 1993.

In line with most enthusiasts, this FAQ’s will use the term “the Maine Two Footers” to refer to and include all the above named lines. Further information on these lines can be obtained from a number of sources.

For more information about the B&SR locomotives click here.

For more information about the KC locomotives click here.

For more information about the Monson locomotives click here.

For more information about the SR&RL locomotives click here.

For more information about the WW&F locomotives click here.

Listed below are some resources currently available on the internet;-

Maine, an Encyclopedia

http://maineanencyclopedia.com/railroads-narrow-gauge/

Has a useful map showing the locations of all of the Maine Two Footers (click on image to enlarge in your browser). Some of the historical facts presented about the SR&RL are believed to be suspect.
Bridgton Historical Society
http://www.bridgtonhistory.org/Museum/NarrowGaugeRailroad/tabid/71/Default.aspx
 
B&SR Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgton_and_Saco_River_Railroad
 
Kennebec Central Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennebec_Central_Railroad
 
Monson Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monson_Railroad

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad http://srrl-rr.org/
 
SR&RL Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_River_and_Rangeley_Lakes_Railroad
 
WW&F Railway Museum  http://www.wwfry.org/
 
WW&FR Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiscasset,_Waterville_and_Farmington_Railway
 
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/
 
Wikipedia page: Narrow Gauge railroads in Maine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Narrow_gauge_railroads_in_Maine
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Narrow_gauge_railroads_in_Massachusetts
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billerica_and_Bedford_Railroad
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edaville_Railroad
 
Current Edaville theme park site
http://www.edaville.com/
 
Brian Carter has a very useful website about the Maine Two Footers at;- http://www.narrowgauge.iform.com.au/m2f.html

Written by Terry Smith 11-Aug-2013, updated 02-03-2015.

Putnam & Stowe – the first domestic manufacturer

Updated 13-02-2015

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Putnam & Stowe bravely announced their intentions of making brass On2 models domestically within the US with the advert below placed in the November/December 1983 edition of the NG&SL Gazette. The models offered represented a rebuilt version the smallest Hinkley made locomotive (original weight 12 tons) used on the Maine Two Footers and had a good specification consisting of driver centres supplied by Grandt Line, gears and a Sagami can motor from NWSL and detail parts from Portland Products and Precision Scale Models.

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This was followed in the January/February and March/April 1984 editions with the following advert which shows the part built Forney loco;-

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The announcement of loco’s for sale was posted in the July/August 1984 edition of the NG&SL Gazette, with artwork that mirrored the box ends;-

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The final advert posted in the NG&SL Gazette was the September/October 1984 edition, which featured a picture of a finished locomotive;-

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Note that the models finally offered were sold as Sandy River #1 and Sandy River #2. The model detailing represents these locomotives around the 1900 time period.

The story of Putnam & Stowe is interesting, but the venture was not successful. The models quickly suffered from a reputation for “variable build quality”, which hit sales. A number of these models have been re-built by skilled modellers, such as Chester Louis.

To see more of Chester Louis’s rebuild.

To see more of the Sandy River #1 model.

To see more of the Sandy River #2 model.

Added 13-02-2015;-

Maynard Stowe, Proprietor of Putnam & Stowe and still very much a model railroader and prototype 2 foot fan has been in touch and provided further information;-

The name Putnam & Stowe came from Maynard’s immediate family, and was suggested by Bob Werner of The Hobby Barn and Portland Products as having a very “New Englandy” sound.

Maynard continues; pretty much all the suppliers were generous to work with, and I learned a lot about making a low volume production line work which I put to use in a business that I ran with my brother until I sold it and retired in 2008.

The Sandy River On2 engines were a sort of collaboration with Bob Werner through some of his resources. Russ Briggs did the drawings for the photo etching for the boiler, cab and rear tank, and Bob did the detail parts for the domes, running boards, steam ejector for the brakes, rear truck, cylinders, connecting rods and cross heads.

Cliff Grandt cast the drivers and another contractor on the west coast did the tires, insulation and wheel assembly, shipping them to me ready to go. I did the frames, pilot deck, toolbox and some other parts. The square headlight used on the SRR #1 was an Sn3 part from Tomalco, and the bell might have been from The Backshop or PSC.

The cab roof was built up using 3 slightly different sized etchings with the center vent square used as the locating feature. The pagoda curve was done in a maple wood form made by my brother and getting the 3 pieces soldered together involved a lot of clamping and learning not to release the clamps until the parts were comfortably cool.

I don’t really have any records of how many of the SRR #1 or #2 locomotives were produced, but I know that there were more #1’s (about 35 to 40 engines) than #2’s (maybe 20- 25 engines).

As for the kits:  They were made from the left over parts that were not built into the run. I had total parts for around 100 engines. When I got out of the building business, I sold all the remaining engines and several collections I had picked up to Armand Mazzetti of The Caboose in Walcott, Connecticut. Armand was one of the major brass model dealers in the US with a world wide clientele, and he suggested that I turn the remaining castings and etchings and motors/gearboxes into kits. I did and made about twenty of them before I ran out of parts. All the kits were sold by Armand at train shows and out of his shop.

and here is a picture of one of the kits;-

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Doug MacLeod’s LR&HS “James Wyman”

Doug MacLeod sent in these pictures showing his scratchbuilt model of the LR&HS  locomotive “James Wyman” towards the end of its construction.

The prototype was built by Baldwin in 1892 for the Laurel River & Hot Springs based in North Carolina. It was sold to the Wiscasset & Quebec line (a fore-runner of the WW&FR) in 1893-4, but was not delivered for financial reasons. Instead it was sent to the Sandy River Railroad as their second #3 and renamed “Old Star”. In 1908 it was transferred to the SR&RL as their #16, and was later re-built as a 2-6-2.

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