The Next Stop is Farmington
If you follow the S.R.R.L. equipment, at the end of the book there will be graphs documenting known car numbers of the F&M (25), P&R (52), and S.R.R. (84) from company records of 1898, 1901-03, and 1907. These predate the cars listed in Two Feet Between the Rails and the 1916 I.C.C. Survey. If you so choose, you will then be able to use company records or photos you have access to and fill in missing car numbers, as well as determine whether they were boxcars or flatcars.
For the modelers, if you have modeled Rangeley Station, how many screen doors did you use and what are their size? The Kingfield engine house, do you have the three “Tungsten or Mazdar 40 watt lamps” or the board feet and lumber dimensions used to build the 1912 “oil room” or the dimensions of the two engine pits? How about the track length of the station’s sliding door and its hanger brand used for locomotives?
1 The Shooting Star
2 Track Cars 1903-1922: The Old, The New & The Cancelled
3 Meet the New Boss
4 The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Communications
5 1912…The Upgrades Begin
6 The Ongoing Honeymoon
7 The Mt. Abram Branch
8 The Barnjum Branch
9 The 1915-16 Survey
10 The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes & W.W. I
11 The Strike & Pandemic
13 Train No.17 is in the River
14 Track cars: 1923
16 Crawled, Hobbled, Staggered – Didn’t Roll Into Kingfield
17 The End of a Shooting Star
The photo with this update was discovered after the book was done. It is an example of a subject covered extensively in the book for the first time. This photo is an excellent example of changes at the Phillips Station late in operations and after the platform was removed. When reading on the subject remember this photo.
International Sales: The U.S.P.S. raised international shipping rates drastically last year such that international postage for this book is $62.00. Australians, if you set up the shipping through your post office with U.S.P.S. it is a lot less money.
The Next Stop is Farmington is the last in the series of The Franklin County Narrow Gauges, covering the years from 1908 to 1936. The book is cloth hardbound and 355 pages.
For those who follow history, there is much for you to consider. In many cases, you will be presented with the information but I leave it up to you to interpret its meaning. An example is a published photo claimed to be 1916 but documented to be 1910, with a B&B car in the photo. The 1918 strike is covered in a chapter that got its name 8 years ago, but with the present situation is a case of history repeating itself in “The Strike & Pandemic.”