fascination for the Maine two-footers began in the mid seventies when
I became the proud owner of a book entitled The Maine Scenic Route
by H.Temple Crittenden. The author captures the spirit of the fight that
went into the formation and survival of a narrow gauge railroad that proved
beyond doubt that it wasn't a toy. It describes scenes like the tale of
Fred Leavett and loco No.20 — how they left the track without knowing
it and bucked snow for a half an hour out in a field before they discovered
(when they got out to shovel) that they no longer had rail under them!
It was a tough little railroad where the employees and equipment often
worked under very difficult conditions.
The book has a dedication that simply reads: "To
the memory of the men who kept the wheels rolling on the Sandy River Line".
I was filled with admiration for the railroad as well as for those who
kept it going. I decided to continue the sentiment of the dedication and
consolidate my railroad modelling efforts around the Maine Narrow Gauge