125 Years Ago ~ Logging

Among its many kinds of freight our railroad will have quite an item in log-carrying. In other words, a log train will be run, to transport a large amount of timber from a point a little west of Sandy Creek to Bridgton Junction, said timber being the growth in the “Nathaniel Hale” lot and farm in South Bridgton, which R. O. Moulton and Philip Bradley, of Sweden and Fryeburg, have lately bought of the Col. Perley heirs, through the administrator, Gardiner Cram. The amount is estimated at from 700,000 to 900,000, mostly pine. Herbert Ingalls has contracted to cut and haul it to the railroad company have a crew now at work putting down a siding. The logs will be dumped into the Saco river at Hiram, whence they will be driven in the spring to their destination.

Originally printed in the Bridgton News, November 10, 1893.

125 Years Ago ~ November 3, 1893

This week the first of the engines, repaired at the Portland Company’s works, arrived in Bridgton, not much the worst from the fiery furnace through which it passed several weeks ago. The engine has been thoroughly over hauled and strengthened and is good for many years service, barring accidents which are quite infrequent on our little road. The sister engine is expected about next week. At which time the sachems of the road sit in solemn conclave to hear the reports of the year’s experiences, as well as to make plans for the new.

Originally printed in the Bridgton News, November 3, 1893.

125 Years Ago, Today ~ Train Crews

The train service on the railroad under the new time table is as follows: On one train–M. M. Caswell, engineer; Chas. Bertwell, fireman; George Emery, brakeman; Will Crosby, conductor. On the other train–John Marcque, engineer; Oscar Ham, fireman; Paul Lord, brakeman; J. A. Bennett, conductor. That is, Mr. Bennett just now runs down on the 10 a. m. train to West Sebago, where he meets the returning morning train and comes back with it; Crosby running the 10 a. m. train from West Sebago to the Junction and back to Bridgton.

~ Printed by the Bridgton News, June 30th, 1893.

How Many Cubic Feet in Ton of Coal?

Here is a little information which will help you solve the vexing problem that is apt to be a hardy annual, that is, how much coal to order in order to fill the bunkers, but without have to put some in an old barrel in the outhouse. A ton of egg coal contains from thirty-two to thirty-eight cubic feet, averaging about thirty-five. By measuring the cubical contents of your bin you will be able to estimate how much to order to fill them. This may be done by multiplying together the length, breadth and depth of your bin.
– Popular Science Monthly.

Printed in the Bridgton News, May 31st, 1918.

125 Years Ago, Today — April 21, 1893

A few quotes from this week’s Bridgton News:

“Cheap fares maketh heaps of travel for the narrow gauge. Let’s have more of it, gentlemen railroad managers!”

“The stages are having a hard time of it, plowing through the mud. Per contra, the iron horse, has no such trouble.”

“The Bridgton and Saco River Railroad contributes $136 to the $37,209.95 increased tax levied upon railroads, electric and horse railroads, etc., by the last legislature.”

Any one who takes the trouble to look into the express car at the station of a Monday morning will notice that some one is doing a thriving business in shipping slaughtered calves to the city markets. As a general rule the demands of the home market have been fully equal to the supply.”

Originally published on 21 April, 1893, by the Bridgton News.

125 Years Ago, Today ~ Doubler-headed Snow Train

The storm of Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon resulted in adding another white coverlid to nature’s bed to the depth of fifteen inches of damp, heavy snow. Had the snow been as light as that of its immediate predecessor, it would have been about twice that depth. On the railroad the snow-plow, driven by two engines, had all it could do to clear the track; while on the town roads, break-out teams with a roller, etc., had a good sized job to render the highways passable.

~ Printed in the March 17th, 1893 issue of the Bridgton News.

125 Years Ago, Today — March 3, 1893

The new passenger station at Bridgton Junction, build jointly by the Maine Central and the Bridgton Road, is nearly completed. It is a daisy. Capacious and comfortable, with platform capacity for several hundred excursionists, it is also elegantly finished, and is one of the prettiest stations on the Maine Central line. Figure-atively, yet strictly speaking, the building is 17×47 feet, with a 10-foot roof projection; a 400 foot platform, of which 367 feet is covered. Its cost is somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000.

~ Printed by the Bridgton News on March 3rd, 1893.

125 Years Ago, Today – February 24, 1893.

Throughout the storm the trains on the Bridgton railroad, though more or less delayed, succeeded in making their regular trips. The snow train was promptly put in operation, a crew of shovelers was secured, and the road kept open. It was feared by the public that the train might at any moment be “hung up” en route, but the B. & S. R. R. is a spunky young fellow.

~ Published by the Bridgton News on February 24, 1893.