Saturday, April 5, 2014

Time runs out for Monson No. 4

Monson No. 4 pulls cars on the two foot track in Portland
Photo: Troy Bennett Maine Today Media
  Monson No. 4 the steam locomotive for the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad must be pulled from the track, it's Federal license has expired.  It needs a new boiler.  It was built in 1918 and was the last working locomotive on the Monson Railroad carrying slate to be loaded on Bangor and Aroostook RR in Brownville.  The Monson RR was called the "little two by six" for it's two track that ran only six miles; it's last commercial run was in 1943.
  Bridgeton and Saco River's locomotive Number 7 is currently being restored to replace Monson 4, but in the meantime a diesel engine will haul the load.  The line is being moved to Gray, and that move will be complete before Number 4 is fully restored.
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Monson No. 4 rounds the bend
Photo: Troy Bennett Maine Today Media


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