The Book list – Part 3 – Edaville

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Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

Edaville

 Revision date: 31 August 2013
Edaville Railroad Linwood W. Moody 1947  80 pages, 6 x 9
The Story of Edaville and Steamtown ? 1965 75 pages, 6 x 9
The Edaville Story William K. Viekman 1971 Reprinted 1973 80 pages, 6 x 9, ISBN B003ILQSQK
The Edaville Railroad Carole J. Maconi 1977 Reprinted 1985 24 pages, 6 x 9
The Edaville Structures Book Peter S. Barney 2003

 

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The Book list – Part 2 – The B&SR/B&H

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Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

B&SR/B&H

 Revision date: 31 August 2013
Bridgton, Maine B&SR Railroad 1910? 40 pages, 6 x 4¼
Bridgton & Saco River Railroad, Rules for Employes B&SR Railroad 1913 20 pages, 4 x 6, Reprinted in 1972 by The Baggage Car.
Handbook of Officers, Agents, Stations and Sidings (incl B&SR) Maine Central Railroad 1917 42 pages, 5½ x 8½, Reprinted in 1980 by Edwin Robertson.
The Twenty-four-inch Gauge Railroad at Bridgton, Maine William Hellen McLin 1941 36 pages, 5½ x 8½,
The Twenty-four-inch Gauge Railroad at Bridgton, Maine William Hellen McLin 1969 36 pages, 5½ x 8½, Reprinted 1969
The Twenty-four-inch Gauge Railroad at Bridgton, Maine William Hellen McLin 2007 56 pages, 5½ x 8½, Reprinted and extended 2007
My First Sixty Years in Harrison, Maine Ernest E Ward 1966 92 pages, 6 x 9, reprinted 1967 & 1974
Busted and Still Running – The Famous two foot gauge railroad of Bridgton Me Edgar T Mead 1968  58 pages, 5½ x 8½ , LOC 68-54447
The Bridgton Narrow Gauge (Volume I) Edgar T Mead 1985   38 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-912113-23-5
The Bridgton Narrow Gauge (Volume II) (Bridgton & Harrison Railway Co.) Edgar T Mead 1987  60 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-9612540-4-1
Vol 3 – The Bridgton And Saco River – A Technical and Pictorial Review Peter S. Barney 1987 96 pages, 8½ x 11 , LOC 87-70266
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
Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Freight Cars Peter S. Barney 2005 86 pages, 8½ x 5½, 160 photos, 13 plans
Bridgton & Saco River, A Pictorial Journey Peter S. Barney 2008 106 pages, 8½ x 5½, 168 photos, 37 plans
B&SR/B&HR Tank Cars 21/14 & 22,  A Modeler’s Reference Peter S. Barney & Tim Mulina 2011 76 pages, 8½ x 5½, 221 photos & drawings
A View of Bridgton Past and Present Michael T Ballard 1988 36 pages, 7½ x 5½,
Two Feet to the Lakes The Bridgton and Saco River Railroad Robert Jones 1993  256 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-915713-26-8
  A Pictorial History of the Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Gary Kohler/M2FQ 2013 Approx 150 pages

 

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.