125 Years Ago, Today ~ Additional Logging

Besides the prospective winter job of freighting nearly a million feet of timber from the Col. Perley lot to Hiram, as mentioned last week, the railroad has still another and similar performance in store. This is the carrying of almost a million feet of timber from the Col. Perley domain the same route, which the Saco Lumber Company have bought. There are some three million feet on their purchase, and it is proposed to cut off and freight it for three winters.

Originally published in the Bridgton News, November 17, 1893.

125 Years Ago, Today ~ 1892-1893 Annual Meeting


A Successful Year for Our Little Railroad.
The Annual Meeting of the Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Co. was held at the Bridgton depot Wednesday, President Wm. F. Perry in the chair. Some 1588 shares were voted, several being represented by proxies. The following Board of Directors were chosen:

Wm. F. Perry.
A. H. Burnham.
Samuel S. Fuller.
Wm. A. Stevens.
J. A. Bennett.
W. M. Staples.
Almon Young.

David Chaplin also received 722 votes.

The Board of Directors also organized and chose the same officers to serve for the ensuing year:

Wm. F. Perry, President.
Perley P. Burnham, Treasurer.
Joseph A. Bennett, Secretary.

The reports for the year, a brief summary of which has been given were most encouraging. President Perry submitted the following report of the Financial Operations of the Road for twelve months ending June 30, 1893:

Earnings from Freight Traffic, $15,832.50
” ” Passenger ” $11,828.13
” ” Express, $3,181.95
” ” U. S. Mail, $807.32
” ” Excess Baggage, $160.78
” ” Miscellaneous Sources, $387.00
Total Earnings, $32,197.68
Less Operating Expenses, $18,464.80
Net Earnings, $13,732.88

From which has been paid,
One years’ interest on First Mortgage Bonds, $4,800.00
One years’ interest on Second Mortgage Bonds, $1,590.00
Interest on Floating Debt, $328.41
Taxes, $116.41
Total Expenses, $6,834.82
Surplus for the year, $6898.06

The earnings for the year ending June 30th increased $5,058.07 over preceding year, while the expense of operating has been reduced $1,362.47 making the net earnings $6,898.06 more.

The new station at Bridgton Junction was built by the Maine Central and B. & S. R. R. conjointly, our proportion being $1,084.95. The accrued interest account has been reduced $6,348 and all interest charges due have been paid.

The rolling stock has been increased by the addition of 7 flat cars, 2 box cars and a locomotive at an expense of $7,000 all of which was paid from the earnings, and the floating debt incurred on account of the new station etc has been reduced $450. Over 3000 pine cross ties and about 300 hemlock have been put into the track.

During the year 16,097 passengers have been carried and 14,140 tons of freight at an average of $1.11 1/4 per ton.

Some 34 hands were employeed.

The repairs of roadway, bridges, fences and buildings, and renewal of ties have cost $5656.63; repairs on locomotive, passenger and freight cars, $2093.82; the total maintenance of equipment cost $9492.54. Of this amount $7015.05 were wages. The locomotives eat up $1500 worth of coal. Loss and damage was but 18.27 and the small sum of $15 was expended for injury to person. This makes a grand total of operating expenses of $18,464.80. The Treasurer submits the following interesting report:

Cost of Road $170,932.95
Cost of Equipments $33,592.00
Materials and Supplies $346.12
Net Traffic Balances due from other Companies $276.88
Due from Solvent Companies and Individuals $180.74
Cash $3,101.08
Total $208,429.77

Capital Stock $89,554.00
First Mortgage Bonds $80,000.00
Second Mortgage Bonds $26,500.00
Bills Payable $3,700.00
Audited Vouchers and Accounts $579.81
Net Traffic Balances due other Companies $1,088.40
Accrued Interest Acct. $2,091.95
Profit and Loss $4,917.61
Total $208.429.77
P. P. Burnham, Treasurer.

Originally published by the Bridgton News, November 17, 1893.

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.