Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

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Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby Watchman318 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:26 pm

The thread about the ex-BAR caboose being rescued by the CT Trolley Museum led me to start this.
I haven't been up Rt. 27 in Wiscasset for awhile, but there was a caboose there that had BAR markings. Minus its trucks, I think it was being used as a fried clam stand near a campground. I don't recall if it had a number on it.
If Riffian or anyone working on a database wants more info, let me know.

Along Rt. 1 in Warren, near the junction of Rt. 90, there's a BAR boxcar or reefer, probably being used for storage. I stopped and looked it over once, but that was a few years ago. Didn't take any pics, and can't recall its number, either.
Again, if anyone wants more info for a modeling project or anything, I'll see what I can find out.
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby Ocala Mike » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:23 pm

Apropos of this thread, and realizing that freight rolling stock seems to last forever, are there still any "STATE OF MAINE" boxcars riding the country's rails? Have seen lots of ancient freight cars on the CSX trains that go through Ocala, including lots of "fallen flag" reporting marks, but don't think I've spotted any BAR "STATE OF MAINE" cars.
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby citystation1848 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:28 pm

Well, I can add to the list for a few items...

Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine
C-40, 1915 American Car & Foundry caboose
#6582, 1926 MDT wooden refrigerator car

Route 1, Wells, Maine
C-??, caboose
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby jwhite07 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:54 am

[quote}Apropos of this thread, and realizing that freight rolling stock seems to last forever, are there still any "STATE OF MAINE" boxcars riding the country's rails?[/quote]

The "State of Maine Products" scheme first appeared on BAR (and NYNH&H too!) 40-foot insulated boxcars in the early 1950s, but these cars are long gone. There was another group of 50-foot boxcars in the early 1960s painted in that scheme as well... I suspect they are all long retired too. Most of them did not keep that paint scheme for their entire operating career anyway. It was cheaper to repaint them into a more simplified and standard scheme when the time came to send them through the paint booth.

To my knowledge there is only one existing in-service car in the classic "State of Maine Products" scheme, and it's not technically a BAR car at all. It is MMA 1, which was painted in the historic scheme to mark its status as being one of the first (if not *the* first) cars refurbished by MMA's Derby Shops shortly after they assumed ownership of the former BAR. A few photos (none mine):

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... ?id=188437
http://rrnne.net/MMA%201.htm
http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?20100 ... 429512.jpg
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby RonM » Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:23 am

At one time in the 80's the CT Trolley Musuem had two BAR coaches with the intention of restoring them to use behind the Moore Keppel Co Climax 3. I believe Strasburg purchased them. Don't know what happened after that.


Then there's the BL2 in Honesdale and the "Lackawanna" F3's in PA

Isn't one of the cabooses on the Grafton and Upton ex BAR?
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby wog820 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:07 pm

C=63, C-54, C10, all in the Northfield yard over here in wonderful New Hampshire. Conway Scenic has a few pieces of the Bangor & Aroostock too.
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby calaisbranch » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:47 pm

I can think of at least three places where I know of a gold BAR potato cars. Likely five. They're spread out mostly in private yards, but a few come to mind (one on Route 46 in Bucksport, one on Route 102 in Tremont, and another along Route 11 near the Newport/Palmyra line.) It seems like BAR had a fire sale when retiring those things.
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby H.F.Malone » Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:10 pm

RMNE in Connecticut has BAR 2569, a 40-foot insulated plug door "State Of Maine" boxcar. It was built 1953 and was donated by BAR in 1989, complete with heater unit. Not a refrigerator car, primarily used for potato loadings.

Also at RMNE is BAR caboose C-67, built 1947 by Derby Shops on the steel underframe of an old MDT wood-sided refrigerator car. This car is privately-owned.
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby jbvb » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:13 am

The Shelburne Falls (MA) museum has one of the BAR's Osgood Bradley lightweights ("American Flyer" type, like the B&M and NH cars of the 1930s). I am far from my pictures and I can't recall if it was one of the straight coaches or the ?coach-buffets? (I'm also far from my references).
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby springerpete » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:52 am

We have a BAR reefer up in our yard in Washington Jct as a storage unit and there is another still on it's trucks at the BML yard in Unity, ME.
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby BM6569 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:11 pm

calaisbranch wrote:I can think of at least three places where I know of a gold BAR potato cars. Likely five. They're spread out mostly in private yards, but a few come to mind (one on Route 46 in Bucksport, one on Route 102 in Tremont, and another along Route 11 near the Newport/Palmyra line.) It seems like BAR had a fire sale when retiring those things.


Yeah, there were 4-5 sitting behind International Door Corp on Westminster St in Lewiston. No trucks but all intact with markings. They recently scrapped 2 or 3 and 2 are left.

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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby litz » Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:31 pm

They're not in New England, but we have BAR 105 and 106 (passenger coaches) on the Blue Ridge Scenic RR (in GA) ... as well as the BAR 114 baggage car (formerly used as our concession car, now out of the consist due to condemned wheels) ...

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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby BAR » Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:18 pm

BL-2 number 557 "The American Railfan" is on display at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor
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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby calaisbranch » Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:27 pm

I wasn't going to do it, but I couldn't help including this in the current thread. I was draining an old place in Stockton Springs in November and happened to see this through some trees from the driveway. I don't think it's anything legit, but somebody likes trains! On the other side, there are built-in cages to resemble bay windows for a chicken shed. Just with some fine detail!

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Re: Bangor & Aroostook equipment still around

Postby Watchman318 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:32 pm

litz wrote:They're not in New England, but we have BAR 105 and 106 (passenger coaches) on the Blue Ridge Scenic RR (in GA) ... as well as the BAR 114 baggage car (formerly used as our concession car, now out of the consist due to condemned wheels) ...
Looks like you get the prize for "farthest from home shops." ;)
Are you going to get some new wheels for the 114?

calaisbranch wrote:I wasn't going to do it, but I couldn't help including this in the current thread. I was draining an old place in Stockton Springs in November and happened to see this through some trees from the driveway. I don't think it's anything legit, but somebody likes trains!
Kinda odd, but with the ACI label and all, it sure looks like part of the side of a boxcar. Some sort of 1:1 "kitbashing" project. :-D
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