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 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

 

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.