In 1908 Hugh G. Boutell made his first visit to a Maine two footer, the B&SR. Immediately thereafter he submitted an article to “Railway and Locomotive Engineering,” published in the November volume of that year.
Hugh traveled the route many “day trippers” did in the Northeast: A ride out to Bridgton Junction via the Maine Central, a ride up to Harrison on the B&SR, then a leisurely steamboat float back to Portland.
A couple of the highlights of the article, in my opinion, are:
- Hugh captured an image of engine #3 in front of the fourth stall of the Bridgton round house
- According to this image, “Roundhouse at Bridgton,” the forth stall was built far in advance of #7’s arrival
- Locomotive #1 is still in use
- This confirms my belief that #1 was being used (per picture showing it was fitted with an automatic coupler; Jones pg 39), rather than being shoved onto a siding (per Jones pg 70)
With this article in hand, a few insights can be gained:
- The picture of Mel Caswell (Jones pg 224) was likely taken by Boutell on this trip.
- McLin attributes that picture of Mel to Boutell in “24 inch Gauge RR at Bridgton,” pg 20.
- If one can visualize walking around to its right side of #3 in “Roundhouse at Bridgton,” it matches closely with its position with respect to the car shop.
- The photos of Harrison, attributed to Boutell in Jensen’s Short and Narrow Rails #15, are from 1908 or later, not 1901 per the article.
In the end, the title of this post is not a tribute to the Pop music composers for “Miami Vice” or “American Psycho,” but simply a reference to the color of the Standard Oil tank car in 1908: Red.