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North in New England 2-set
North in New England 2-set
Escape to the great northeast in the 1930s, where steam engines ran along the Maine Coastline and you could take a train from Belfast to Moosehead Lake.
TWO FOOT GAUGE IN MAINE: SANDY RIVER AND RANGELY LAKES: The little engines race through the wildflowers of summer and slug it out with the drifts of Maine winter.
NEW ENGLAND STEAM: SIX MAIN LINES: Back in the 1930s when steam was the way to travel, an intertwined system of lines carried freight and passengers through the hills and hinterlands of New England.
TWO FOOT GAUGE IN MAINE: SANDY RIVER AND RANGELY LAKES: The film is split between the Sandy River and Rangely Lakes and the Bridgton and Harrison, with a four minute segment in the middle on the Monson and the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington. This is the only comprehensive record anywhere of these legendary two foot lines actually running. The little engines race through the wildflowers of summer and slug it out with the drifts of Maine winter. Featuring freight and passenger trains—plus the unusual rail buses—you ride the cabs, cabooses and flat cars, put your shoulder to the turntable and actually pull the throttle. Photographed by Albert G. Hale. Additional footage from L. Peter Cornwall and the collection of John Tolley.
Sound is of the actual engines themselves recorded by Sunday River.
Black & White, 31 minutes
NEW ENGLAND STEAM SIX MAIN LINES: Six main lines of New England steam are shown here in rare archival film, from the largest locomotives—Central Vermont 2-10-4 Texans—to the sleek, streamlined I-5 New Haven Hudsons.
(1) The Canadian Pacific and Quebec Central both cross the U.S. Canadian border into New England to deliver goods from Montreal.
(2) The Bangor and Aroostook Railway takes a winter trip through Millinocket, a town created by the Great Northern Paper Company.
(3) The Rutland snakes through Bennington and Bellows Falls, Vermont. Ever-practical New Englanders hitched the humble milk car to the back of the Green Mountain Flyer, the crack passenger train from New York to Montreal.
(4) The Central Vermont Railway, shepherded by three generations of the Smith family, is covered in depth, including consolidations on the way freights Palmer to Brattleboro, mammoth Texas type 2-10-4s wheeling the Chicago-East Coast manifest freights, and the high-drivered 600 Mountain Class on the premier name trains between Montreal, New York and Boston.
(5) The Grand Trunk Railway, appears, using monster 6100 class Northerns on the through passengers and smaller power on the way freights.
(6) The New Haven is shown with some of the very last three-cylindered 3500 class, as well as magnificent streamlined I-5 Hudsons.
Filmed by Albert G. Hale. Additional film from the collection of John Trolley and Charlie Brown. Sound by Preston S. Johnson & Sunday River.
Black and White, 47 minutes