This segment includes extensive details from the 1907 and 1908 Annual Reports, as I have selected to model Fall 1907 on the line. The Annual Reports provide details per the State dictated Fiscal Year of 01 July through 30 June, therefore the 1907 Report dictates the state of the line immediately preceding the September/October time frame of my desired modeling. The 1908 Report provides insight into the goings on of the line that Fiscal year, in which September/October 1907 are the very end and beginning of Quarters One and Two, respectively.

1907

  • The railroad is operating under the general railroad laws of Maine
  • 114 tons of fifty-pound (~1.29 miles of side by side -RU) rail have been put in this past year

The above statement was found to be in error after further consultation of the 1907 Annual report and struck on 10 JAN 2016. – RU

  • 1,846 Cedar, 193 Ash and 700 Chestnut ties installed
  • One (1) locomotive added for passenger service within 1906/7
  • Total of 63 cars owned and in service
    • 3 First-class passenger cars (No.s 15, 16 & 17 – RU)
    • 2 Baggage/mail/express cars (No.s 10 & 11 – RU)
    • 1 “other” car in passenger service (This may be the caboose – RU)
    • 26 box cars
    • 30 flat cars
    • 1 tank car
  • Derrick, Flanger and other MoW equipment not counted as “in service”
  • All passenger and freight cars have been equipped with automatic couplers
  • All passenger, box and tank cars have been equipped with automatic brakes, but only 18 of 30 flat cars have been upgraded
  • The telegraph, owned by the Bridgton Telegraph Company, is located on the ROW
    • 16 miles of line, 32 miles of wire, located on the RR property

1908

  • 109.26 tons of fifty-pound rail have been put in this past year
  • 12,024 Cedar, 93 Oak and 122 Ash ties installed, with other improvements, at a cost of $2,731.53
  • Operating Revenue:  $52,590.51
    • Revenue from Transportation
      • From freight:  $26,629.94
      • From passengers:  $18,586.57
      • From excess baggage:  $277.56
      • From mail:  $1,589.96
      • From express:  $5,506.48
  • Operating Expenses:  $36,037.05
    • Expense for new locomotives: $5,677.78
    • Increased weight of rail: $2,731.53
    • Maintenance of Way and Structures: $9,002.33
    • Maintenance of Equipment
      • Locomotives – Repairs: $1,757.60
      • Revenue Cars – Repairs: $2,386.85
      • Other Maintenance of Equipment: $48.03
    • Fuel for Road Locomotives: $4,409.50
  • Other Income
    • $142 income from the Bridgton Telegraph Company
    • $45.80 from rent of the Derrick

Operation Details:

  • Passengers carried earning revenue:  34,143
  • Number of tons carried of freight earning revenue:  26.060
  • Train Mileage: Revenue Service – Mixed Train-miles:  42,210
  • Nonrevenue Service Train-miles:  1,980

 

For those wishing to perform their own research of the Annual Reports, I have found the following sources to be the most beneficial.