Dummy, Th e A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by EPeverly & McLin
Dummy, Th e A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by EPeverly & McLin
Dummy, Th e A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by EPeverly & McLin
Dummy, Th e A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by EPeverly & McLin
Dummy, Th e A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by EPeverly & McLin

Dummy, Th e A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by EPeverly & McLin

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Dummy, Th e A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by EPeverly & McLin
 
The Dummy A story of the Pine Tree States Seaside Railroad by Elaine Peverly and William McLin
Copyright 1973
48 pages
If the Pine Tree State never boasted a real seagoing, standard-gauge steam-operated railroad, it came pretty close to it with the Orchard Beach Branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad. The so-called "Dummy" railroad was terminated in 1923, after a colorful 43 years of existence.
The 3.24 mile branch line opened in 1880, and stopped at Camp Ground, Baty's Cottage, Oceana Avenue (opposite Demeritt's Store at Ocean Park), Kinney Shores (just after the trestle crossing), Bay View House, Ferry Beach Park, Grovemore, and Camp Ellis.
And of course the train stopped on notice to the conductor at any cottage to load or unload passengers who were residents of the beach. The trestle at Kinney Shores crossed the town line of Old Orchard. Everything south of it was in the City of Saco.
An early history of the area, and the railroad in particular states: "One of the attractions of Old Orchard Beach has always been the charming drive along its shore. This, however, could be enjoyed only at low tide, and by those who could afford the luxury of a private carriage.
"But to meet the demands of the general public, and bring this enjoyable recreation accessible to all, a company of sagacious and enterprising men obtained a charter from last winter's legislature for a railroad from the Dunstan to the Saco River, or along the whole line of Old Orchard Beach.


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