Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby thebigham » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:18 pm

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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:13 am

I guess I'm behind the times. What is BML 1950?

(50 and 53 are GE 70-tonners, I assume?)
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby baldy » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:28 pm

The 1950 is a 44 tonner. This unit came from th Lowville and Beaver River in New York state. The 50 and 53 are 70 tonners, your guess was good. This winter time will be spent on getting it operating plus the 53.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby backroadrails » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:53 pm

The idea is from what I have heard, that the 1483 will allow them to take the 50 and 53 to Unity, so they can be rebuilt at the recently reacquired engine shop, and so that the 1950 can be put in the engine house at Thorndike so it can get worked on over the winter to get it operational. I do know the 1483 will require a rewire once it arrives, since that's what OTVR sold it.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:21 am

Thanks for the info. When did BML acquire the 1950?

Are there any recent photos of 50 and 53? I haven't seen either of them in many years. Last time I was up to Unity, their only operable locos were 54 and the Swedish steamer. (Yes, it's been too long!)
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby baldy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:10 pm

The 1950 is, as far as I know is leased. The owner has other units he collects, but it's expensive to move them around. Plus who is gonna lease a 44 tonner. Not much, if any, demand exists for small locomotives in the he industrial sector. Unit arrived just after Christmas. As far as recent photos of the 50 & 53, well there out there. Someone will probably post one!!!!
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:33 am

When did B&ML reacquire the engine house in Unity?
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby baldy » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:58 pm

Wasn't reacquired, leased within last month or so. At present rails being relaid from the engine house to the main.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:08 pm

Wow. Well that's certainly great news. That facility not being in use for railroad operations was a total waste.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby backroadrails » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:20 am

Bad news, due to no operational motive power all trains for the rest of the month have been cancelled.
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Re: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (BML) Discussion

Postby backroadrails » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:17 pm

B&ML 1483 ran to City Point last night and picked up locomotive number 50, and 53, and the excursion set. The train then went to Thorndike and picked up the 1950, and several MEC box cars. The plan is to get the 1950 running and painted over the winter by the sounds, and to rehab several of the Swedish Cars (and fix the damage incurred by vandals last year) along with the MEC cars.
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