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 Posted: Sat Nov 29th, 2014 04:53 am
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Kent K

Joined: Sun Nov 9th, 2014
Location: Kansas City, Missouri USA
Posts: 55

I wasn't going to discourage people by reviewing my entire library. I have most, but not all of the books on the Sandy River. I have some that are on the Bridgeton And Harrison, and a couple on the Wisscaset And Quebec. These introductory books are much more likely to be of interest to someone not familiar with the roads in question. They also are usually not as expensive as the multi-volume more specialized works. There is of course the issue of the LRHS written mostly by Crittenden in which the various two foot gauge lines are discussed.

One line which seems not to have much written about is the Mount Gretna Narrow Gauge with it unique 4-4-0 which look almost like miniatures of the engines which met at Promontory, Utah for that classic connection of the inter-continental railway. But the Mount Gretna was heavily influenced by being a more tourist oriented operation. The Maine lines served mostly the rural areas in Maine much as other shortline railroads did in the rest of the country. They were the equivalent of Greyhound buses combined with UPS and FedEx when they existed back between the two world wars prior to the 1929 great depression.

Modern roads, the trucking industry, and widespread ownership of private automobiles was their death toll. The economics of the depression also took its share.

I am glad that others have found this of interest and if anyone has questions about these lines, I will attempt to answer them. Several historical volumes are available as well as photo books and drawings for those who want to model these unique rail road lines. They were serious railroads which did every thing the standard gauge lines did.

Kent K
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