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|Liz Keating inside Sand River Railroad car|
On Sept 18, Liz and I departed for New Brunswick, Canada to visit
some of it's 63 covered bridges. We stopped in Wilton, Maine the first
night, in order to ride the Sandy River and Rangely Lakes RR, between
Phillips and Sanders, Maine(see photos with me and engine and one of
the train). I have also attached pictures of their sign, one of Liz inside
the passenger car and a closeup of the beveled glass window.
to ride trains and we did not expect to see any covered bridges on this
train trip. However it turns out that the railroad once owned a covered
bridge which crossed the Sandy River. The line now stops at the river.
A railroad volunteer guide(it is an all volunteer operation) led us to the
bridge abutment and showed us a picture of the long gone bridge. I realize
that a picture of a picture is imperfect, but it is
better than nothing.
The guide said the a scrap company bought the
rights to all rr property in the 1930s. The rails were sold to a
Japanese company (we probably got it back at Pearl Harbor). They thought
that the bridge was taken down in the 1930s but an older woman
passenger told them it was still there in 1939 where she and her
boyfriend spent some romantic time. I asked the guide if he knew the
name of the bridge. He said it was known as the SRRL RR covered bridge.
The volunteer said that the railroad
would like to build a new covered bridge. They have a commitment from a
local lumber company, which will
provide free lumber, plus local skilled carpenters who will donate
time. He said that the bridge would be free. However, they must first
buy the property on the opposite side of the river and were hoping for
donations. If they rebuild it, it will one of two railroad covered bridges in
the USA currently used by a train. The other is at Clark's Trading
Their website is
http://www.srrl-rr.org the Street address; The Sandy River and Rangely Lakes Railroad,
P.O. Box B, Phillips, Maine 04966.
If you don't want to donate, you might want to ride the rr--about 1
hr round trip.
|Picture of the long-gone railroad covered bridge
Railroad bridge abutments
|Sandy River train.
Sandy River & Rangely Lake Railroad sign.
|Sandy River RR Engine and Tom Keating.
Beveled glass window detail.
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This file posted 10/28/2009, updated 11/14/2009