125 Years Ago, Today ~ Repainting the Bridgton Station

A few maintenance and operational comments from the Bridgton News this week:

  • The extra train will begin running July 2d.
  • Bridgton passenger station has been repainted: yellow with trimmings red.
  • The road-bed of the railroad is thoroughly ballasted, and the road is everyway in first class condition.

Published in the Bridgton News on June 1, 1894.

An additional detail for those interested in the colors of the station:

The interior of the Bridgton R. R. office shines like a cotton hat in its new and tasty paint.

Published in the Bridgton News on April 27, 1894.

125 years ago, today ~ Jumping from Iron Horse to Horse

A daring wild-west event on the narrow gauge:

HIRAM: While the Mount Cutler House team was at Bridgton Junction, Thursday, awaiting passengers, the horse became frightened and ran away. At the same time the narrow gauge engine started and overtook the team at the intersection of the highway and railroad, about half a mile away and the fireman jumped from his engine and caught the horse before any damage had been done.

Published in the Bridgton News on May 11, 1894.

125 Years Ago ~ January 19, 1894

The snow train kept the railroad open in good shape during the storm and blow, Friday and Saturday, so that the passenger trains were not delayed, so far as this road was concerned, they even making quicker time than usual. But the log train business was thereby lessened, so that it has been a stern chase to try and keep up with the daily demands.

Originally published by the Bridgton News on January 19, 1894.

125 Years Ago ~ A Busy Road

The snow train has several times this season been brought into play, to keep the road-bed clear of superfluous snow, while the section men have much to do to keep crossings and switches in good condition.

Long and heavy freight trains on our R. R., independent of log train. A busy road.

Among the recent freight arrivals was that of nearly one hundred tons of pressed hay, belonging to J. K. Martin. It goes to his “Sunny Crest” farm, where he has a handsome stock of high-grade cattle–about forty-five head. The hay comes from Mr. Martin’s farm in Deering–though by no means the whole quantity cut there–and is of fine quality and well-cured.

Originally published by the Bridgton News, Dec 22, 1893, on Pages 2 & 3.

125 Years Ago ~ The Logging Train Runs

The log train began running this week, and it has a big job on its hands–and wheels. M. M. Caswell is engineer; Charles Bertwell, fireman; George Emery, brakeman; Wm. H. Morrison, Fred Sanborn, and John Hibbard, loaders. The Moulton & Bradley timber, from the Col. Perley Nathaniel Hale lot, about 800,000, and the timber, almost a million feet, from another of the Col. Perley lots (already spoken of in this paper) is taken aboard at the Darwin Ingalls meadow and Perley’s Mills, respectively, and goes to the Junction. young Bros have about 250,000 feet of hard wood in Denmark, Sebago, and Hiram, which is to go to their mills; and a considerable quantity of poplar, birch, hardwood, etc., owned by D. P. Chaplin and Geo-Newcomb, from the Nehemiah Choate lot, is also to be transported by rail. The road, in fact, has all the freight business it well can attend to, now and for some time to come. The regular passenger train is run by its customary crew—John Marcque, engineer; Oscar Ham, fireman; Paul Lord, brakeman; Will Crosby, conductor.

Originally published by the Bridgton News, 15 December 1893.

125 Years Ago; Locomotives 1 & 3 Return!

The two locomotives, No. 1 and No. 3, so badly demoralized by the fire which destroyed the engine house Sept. 6th, have been put in nice trim, and are at the Bridgton station, ready for business. Soon after the fire, they were taken to the Portland Company’s Works, where they been thoroughly overhauled, and repaired, under the special direction of Mr. M. M. Caswell, who now and even since opening of the road, over ten years ago, has been its Master Mechanic and Purchasing Agent, and who has visited Portland twice every week to superintend the renovation. The locomotives look brand-new-fresh as a daisy. New cabs have been built, finished in ash, natural color; the exterior finished in black, with silver lettering; new numbering of plate in front boiler, with circular, guilt letter legend “Bridgton & Saco River Rail Road Co.;” while an improvement has been introduced by Mr. Caswell in the manner of sight-feed lubricators, for self-oiling the cilinder [sic],–an ingenious device whereby lubrication can be adjusted to a nicety. Each machine is provided with a chime-whistle, the same used on the Main [sic] Central.

Originally published by the Bridgton News on December 1st, 1893.

125 Years Ago, Today ~ Additional Logging

Besides the prospective winter job of freighting nearly a million feet of timber from the Col. Perley lot to Hiram, as mentioned last week, the railroad has still another and similar performance in store. This is the carrying of almost a million feet of timber from the Col. Perley domain the same route, which the Saco Lumber Company have bought. There are some three million feet on their purchase, and it is proposed to cut off and freight it for three winters.

Originally published in the Bridgton News, November 17, 1893.