This chunk of data covers railroad updates from 1900 through 1906. As mentioned previously, the data presented herein is sourced from the Annual Reports of the Railroad Commissioners of Maine only.

1900

  • 4,643 ties laied throughout the year, made from cedar (3,586), Hackmatack (873) and 184 Hemlock
  • One (1) iron bridge and (12) wooden bridges on the line, totaling 404.5 feet in length
  • Remaining trestles total 712.5 ft in length
  • Thirty-seven (37) freight cars not equipped with grab irons and automatic couplers
  • Three (3) engines not equipped with driving wheel brakes, otherwise equipped with “air brakes”

1901

  • 3 locomotives, 2 passenger, 1 combo, 2 baggage/mail/express, 18 box cars, 23 flat cars
  • Continued income from the derrick
  • 6,420 ties laid during the year

1902

  • 18 box cars, 22 flat cars, 1 tank car
  • 15+ tons of 35 lb new rail laid during the year

1903

  • “A well ordered system of maintenance and general improvement is apparent.”
  • “The equipment is excellent and kept in the best of repair.”
  • Two (2) new flat cars built, bringing the total to 24
  • One (1) passenger locomotive added, for a total compliment of 4
  • Accidents: Three (3) trainmen injured by coupling and uncoupling

1904

  • Added one (1) 1st-class passenger car during the year
  • 20 tons of steel rail improvements
  • 6,543 ties replaced

1905

  • Added six (6) box cars this year
  • “This is one of the narrow gauge—two feet—lines that perform a very satisfactory service to a thrifty manufacturing district. The care and management of this road reflect credit upon those in charge.”

1906

  • Two (2) new box cars added during the year
  • Many improvements have been made in the bridge structures during the past two or three years. Two trestles near Harrison have given place to plate girder upon fine masonry, the remaining portions of the trestles being filled with rock and earth, forming generous embankments
  • The bridge over Stevens brook near Bridgton is a most credible piece of work
  • There are now no wooden bridges upon the road

The next Historical post will include 1907 and 1908, focusing on the period to be modeled.