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.