Maine Two Footers / Brief History

   

For more than half a century, Maine enjoyed the best two-foot gauge railroads in the USA. The Sandy River, The Phillips and Rangeley and The Franklin and Megantic (and their paper roads, The Madrid, The Eustis, and The Kingfield and Dead River) were located in The Franklin County. The Sandy River and the Franklin and Megantic Railroads merged in 1908 becoming the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR. The big three joined forces in 1911 making the SR&RL the largest Maine system with over 120 miles of track and twenty locomotives! The Maine narrow gauge systems prospered until the 1920s when many factors, including road transport, brought about the final whistle-blow for the SR&RL in 1935. Followed soon after by the remaining Lilliputs.
Not all of the Maine two-footers operated in the Franklin County; The Bridgton and Saco River RR operated in the Cumberland County while the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Rwy operated in Lincoln, Waldo and Kennebec Counties. The Monson RR was located in Piscataquis County.

Hear the final whistle blow (16 bit stereo sound 230k)

The Maine two-foot Railroads and their operation dates

 Bridgton & Saco River RR

 1883-1941

 The Kennebec Central RR

 1890-1929

 The Monson RR

 1883-1943

 The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR

 1879-1935

 Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Rwy

 1893-1933

Some of the remaining equipment from the above railroads can be seen operating at the
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum in Portland Maine.

 

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