Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ

Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ

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Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux w/ DJ
The Franklin County Narrow Gauges The Next Stop is Phillips by Guy Rioux
SIGNED with a note by author
Hard Cover with dust jacket
350 pages + Appendix, Reference and Glossary
Copyright 2014
1 - They Wanted to be Connected to Civilization1
2 - The Traveling Road Show30
3 - Maney Takes Over52
4 - The Mainline Relocation at Strong58
5 - The Sandy River Railroad Converted Me to Socialism80
6 - The Highest Priced Ticket in Maine110
7 - The Franklin County Civil War: North vs. South136
8 - The Battle for Strong142
9 - Control of the S.R.R. by the Ring148
10 - The Start of the Maxcy & Lewis Era216
11 - How Does a Dead Engineer Testify? You Testify for Him 266
12 - Three New Stations in One Year296
13 - The Start of the Maxcy & Lewis Empire330

One aspect of this volume that you will find different is the use of quotes. There are over 1,000 of them included here, mostly from the newspapers, exactly as they were published. Spelling and grammar mistakes have been left as they were written to give you a raw first-person account with no filter. So keep in mind that these errors have intentionally been left as is.
With such a large number of quotes used, I have deliberately chosen not to individually cite them because a good portion have dates and sources preceding them. Information from newspapers proved critical in researching the Sandy River railroad and I have relied heavily on the local Phillips Phonograph, as well as various other Farmington newspapers, particularly the Farmington Chronicle. The Phillips Phonograph coverage was as extensive as one would think, considering that it was the hometown newspaper. The Farmington newspapers, which for the most part are very hard to read due to the fact that they have not aged well over time, have much more in-depth coverage of different railroad news. One other factor that dictated the quality of reported news was the fact that they used local residents as their reporters. So when the writer left, it may have been a while until someone was found to fill the spot, if at all. Now you can see why there was a wealth of information at some times, but then at other times it dried up.
This volume has extensive GPS coordinates to help locate various landmarks along the railroad. One major difference with this effort from The Next Stop is Rangeley is that in certain areas you will be able to use Google Street View, as Route 149 is available for viewing. Those of you who may never get to visit Franklin County now have the next best thing from the comfort of your home. For those who have followed the different Franklin County narrow gauges from "away," I hope this book will encourage you visit and explore on your own.
The area of the Strong trestle was referred to by multiple names, either as Porter or Strong Trestle. A stream flowed under one of the bridges built into the trestle. In some news articles, the locals called it Valley Brook, while in other news articles it was called Porter Brook. In the book you will see both names used in different quotes, but they are one and the same.
While we're on the subject of names, in North Farmington at Fairbanks is Barker Stream. Over time in writings, Barker Stream somehow became Baker Stream. Here it will be called the correct name, Barker Stream.
Later, you'll find that chapter 11 is not the typical railroad story that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. This chapter is written with anger and angst, exposing a dark side that most people do not know about railroads (except those who work for them). It is called a hearing, or as the railroads like to claim: "A fair and impartial hearing."
The final version of chapter 11 has been toned down from its early beginnings. I was going to relay my outrage here in the introduction, but that was curtailed too.
Chapter 11 is best described as analogous to the three monkeys. The unions are the first monkey that speaks no evil. They act as the lawyer, in a sense, representing their "client" similar to a lawyer in the legal system. There is no guilt or innocence; unions are there to represent the individual (or individuals) trying to keep their job and lessen any other infractions that may arise.
The second monkey is the railroad that sees no evil. Railroads have a mountain of rules and most were written in blood. But then there's also a "wink and a nudge" approach to rules, that is until an accident or injury occurs, as we will see here. The other thing to remember about railroads is titles - they are littered with them, and everybody is a Vice-President of something.
The third monkey hears no evil, in this case the 1897 railroad commissioners. In 1897, the hearing seemed to be well-run and peaceable, probably due the Railroad Commissioners. Most times, hearings come down to the old legal saying "if you have the facts, pound the facts. If you don't have the facts, pound the table."
Here you will read about an engineer who needed the most representation at the hearing, but he was dead. So how does a dead engineer testify? You testify for him. Just maybe you, too, will be angry after reading how a dead engineer was buried twice.
The Sandy River railroad was built by a diverse group of individuals and one of the more vocal parts of the group had a utopian view that the S.R.R. was going to be "their" railroad. The Sandy River railroad was truly a local undertaking financed and built by them, and it was theirs, as written by O.M. Moore on November 27, 1880:                                                                                                                                                          "...We didn't really build the whole of it-only pushed a dirt-car now and then, and bolted on a few fish-plates. Our road is real small; but it took more than one of us to build it... and some other fellow must do the dirty work on the next one."
O.M. Moore was the owner/editor of the Phillips Phonograph, a more vocal member of the utopian group that lost the fight to stop the takeover of the Sandy River railroad. They lost out to other members also involved in the building of the Sandy River railroad who are referred to here as "The Ring." The concept and vision of the two-foot gauge railroad came from George E. Mansfield, one of the driving forces in building the Sandy River railroad. In 1880, when the different groups started to vie for control, G.E. Mansfield was the first casualty. He would spend the rest of his life trying to climb the mountain again for the recognition and accolades he received in 1879-80. After its rough start over who would the control the Sandy River railroad, it took off and grew, amassing other narrow gauges in Franklin County and ultimately changing its name. The creation of the Sandy River railroad in 1879 was the first step in what would become a network of two-foot gauge railroads in Franklin County. As the Sandy River railroad grew, so did the business of Franklin County, which relied on it to transport its goods to Farmington and the markets of Portland, Boston, and beyond. It was not long before items from Franklin County were being shipped on to South America, England, Germany, China, and Japan. A little railroad only eighteen miles long had opened northern Franklin County to the world. The people who arrived in Farmington for the first time to catch a connection with the Sandy River railroad would never know what went into building it while they waited. But now you can read what went into making the Sandy River railroad come to fruition.

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