As I continue my research, I have been reading as many copies of the B&SR and Railroad Commissioners of Maine annual reports to gain insight into the changes and operations of the physical railroad.

Although many of these items have been noted in various publications, I am listing several here for future reference.


1884 (B&SR 2nd Annual Report)

  • Rolling stock consisted of 2 locos, 2 passenger cars, 1 baggage/mail/express car, 1 saloon car, 5 box cars, 10 platform cars and 1 snow plow.
  • The line is 16 miles, laid with 30-pound steel rail.

1885 (B&SR 3rd Annual Report)

  • Expenses were listed for telegraph use, which was operated by Western Union, and fence repairs.

1886 (B&SR 4th Annual Report)

  • Paid $12 in damage for a steer killed on the line
  • Continued expenses for telegraph service, likely indicating TT&TO operation, but guessing its use was more relaxed than the larger lines

1887 (B&SR 5th Annual Report)

  • Increased earnings due to new trade with the Express Company
  • Roadbed was raised and widened in several areas
  • The Sucker Brook Trestle was filled solid, with the material taken from the Summit Ledge cut, thereby widening the cut, making it better
  • Noted that the passenger and baggage cars will need to be varnished in the spring, after only ~3 years of use
  • Also noted that three additional box cars would be of good use to the railroad

1888 (B&SR 6th Annual Report)

  • 12,856 new ties put in place of decayed ones, with an additional 12,000 to 15,000 needed next year
  • A varnish shop and work room was built
  • The president commented to the board that three new box cars were still needed

1889 (B&SR 7th Annual Report)

  • 18,863 new cedar ties were installed, with still another 6,000 needed next year
  • Two new box cars and one flat car added to the roster
  • Fence repairs were listed on the expense sheet again

The 1890’s in the next post.