Railroads
The Original 1873 Portland and Roundhouse is seen.  Click for a version that you can recognize faces.

The new Flying Yankee as pictured in the 1930s, sometimes labeled on the front as the "The Mountaineer."

The Flying Yankee was built in the Great Depression to revive interest in rail travel in New England.  The
train was a high-tech achievement of its day.  It had a recently improved stainless steel skin, was lightweight, had steam heat for the 1340 
(?maybe 340???)
passengers and air conditioning. Other modern features included a 600-horsepower diesel engine and
the electric grill in the dining car.  At 200 feet and 100 tons, it was the racing model of its time.  Depending on its destination and route - with stops including Boston, Troy, NY; Portland and Bangor, ME;
Crawford Notch and Littleton, NH; and in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts - the sleek train was
known as the Flying Yankee, the Mountaineer, the Cheshire, the Businessman and the Minuteman.  
The train was jointly operated by the Boston & Maine and the Maine Central Railroads until being retired
on May 7, 1957, after some 2.8 million miles of passenger service.  


In 1993 it was purchased by Robert S. Morrell of Glen, NH with the idea of restoration. He formed the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Flying Yankee Restoration Group to assist in having the restoration become a reality.  You
can read about the restoration efforts of the Flying Yankee, one of only three articulated streamliners
left in the world by following this link:
The Story of the Flying Yankee
Portland Ogdensburg rail mapPortland and Ogdensburg Rail road Map Courtesy of Scotty Mallet's Round House Club.
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Six-Stall 1873 P&O Railroad Bartlett Roundhouse
Modified in 1891,1912 & 1936
Following is a copy of a story sent to me by former Bartlett resident Ray Hebb.  This is the original Bartlett station, built in 1873 by Portland and Ogdensburg, shown here as so hot it blistered the paint on some of the neighboring buildings.  
replaced it, which also burned.  It was replaced by a smaller
1 story station, similar to the one in Glen.

After the Maine Central RR stopped passenger service, it
was sold to a ski club in September, 1958.  About a year later, a new furnace was installed, though the building was still inundated with years of coal dust.  The furnace came on and ignited the coal dust and burned the building flat. There are pictures of this fire in the Bartlett Library's Railroad file.

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Before the days of OSHA and the Railroad equivalent , The Federal Railroad Office of Safety, almost every paper in the 1800s would have items referring to accidents that had occurred. The following is a copy of the text in the Portland Daily News for May 3, 1883.
Accidents
Charles H Weeks, an engineer on the Portland and Ogdensburg, was off duty last Saturday, and while walking down the track in Bartlett, accidently fell through a culvert. He struck his nose on the side, and crushed it.

Now one could speculate why and how he happened to

Dave Flewelling
The coal-fired, steam locomotive #7470 (0-6-0) (Video Above) was built in the Montreal shops of the Grand Trunk Railroad in 1921. It was acquired by Dwight Smith in 1968 and joined the start-up Conway Scenic Railroad in 1974.  Watch the video to see it and hear the steam whistle.
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MEC 606 and 622
Maine Central 606 and 622 near Crawford House in 1950

MEC backside
This has nothing much to do with Bartlett, but it's a good picture.  The info at the Wikipedia Link is also a good read.

Wild River Railroad

In 1891 a railroad was built following the present Route 113 from Gilead to Hastings lumber mill on Evans Brook near its confluence with the Wild River. A row of ten houses built along the Wild River for company employees at Hastings became known as "the ten commandments". Rails extended ten miles (16 kilometers) up the Wild River from Hastings by 1896 with branch lines up tributaries Bull Brook, Blue Brook, Moriah Brook, Cypress Brook, and Spruce Brook. A 1903 wildfire destroyed the unharvested timber in the watershed. The railroad was dismantled in 1904.  More information at Wikipedia 

(Ray Evans Collection)
Tracks at Crawford House
This picture is at the Crawford House.  March 27, 1917 (Ray Evans Collection)
Photos we received in November 2010
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Snowplow at rogers crossing
I estimate this photo to 1965-70.  Picture taken at Rogers Crossing looking east.(Ray Evans Collection)
Railroad Snowplow on Steam Loco
This has to be sometime in the 1940's or earlier since the plow is being pushed by a steam locomotive.  The plow car appears to be made of wood.(Ray Evans Collection)
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