Re: Narrow Gauge

Robert Bennett

Hi Folks,

The Maine two foot gauge equipment was generally no more susceptable to wind issues than any other; ice could be a problem depending on thickness. The fact that the rolling stock and locos were pretty low helped to offset the narrowness of the track gauge and aided stability. The loco that had water issues in the tender was SR&RL #24. Built by Baldwin, the company apparently misread the blueprints and built the tender to a width of 8' 4" (100") rather than the specified 84". When the water levels got low, as Linwood Moody stated, the tender started to "oscillate" and not long after delivery the little 2-6-2 rolled over on a bridge in Madrid, north of Phillips, and dumped a bunch of cars, and herself, overboard. The Phillips shops cut out the extra metal and 24 served well 'till the end of the line in 1935.

Bob Bennett

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