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David Larrabee's Collection
 
9/22/2018
 
 
 
 
 
By:David Larrabee
Dates:1/1/1868 - 1/1/1980
Album Info:Opened as the European and North American RR (E&NA) between 1868 and 1871 it operated in at 5 foot 6 inches.. It's 102 miles were converted to Standard gauge in Sept of 1878 and were leased to the MEC in October 1882. /DL
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MEC 65
Title:  MEC 65
Description:  From the back of the print: "#65 M.C. Portland Works 1879 Cyl 16x25. 1st Engine on M.C. without a name. Taken at Vanceboro Maine May 9th 1888" "Complements of Ernest F. Stillings Pullman Conductor, Bangor, Maine"
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 10/27/2015 1:13:28 PM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  Stillings Collection
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  MEC 65(4-4-0)
Views:  219   Comments: 0
MEC 78
Title:  MEC 78
Description:  #78 from the Stillings Collection: - Built by the Portland Works in 1882 taken at Vanceboro June 18th 1888. Was old #9 on the European and North American. - E&NA #9, was aquired by the MEC & renumbered to #78 in April 1882 according to RR History. It was renumbered again in 1900 to MEC#30 and was scrapped in 09/1902. CYL:16x24 with 62 inch drivers. Portland serno 191. As with all of Stillings’s prints his rubber stamp - Compliments of Ernest F. Stillings Pullman Conductor, Bangor Maine – is on the back of the print.... /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 12/22/2015 2:13:42 PM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Roster,Steam
Locomotives:  MEC 78(4-4-0)
Views:  165   Comments: 0
MEC 87
Title:  MEC 87
Description:  #87 from the Stillings Collection: - Hinkley Works 1882 taken at Vanceboro 9/14/1888. Was old #21 on the European and North American. - E&NA #21, was aquired by the MEC & renumbered to #87 in April 1882 according to RR History. It was renumbered again in 1900 to MEC#25 and was scrapped in November of 1903. CYL:16x24 with 62 inch drivers. Hinkley serno 1371. As with all of Stillings’s prints his rubber stamp - Compliments of Ernest F. Stillings Pullman Conductor, Bangor Maine – is on the back of the print.... /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 12/22/2015 11:40:54 AM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  Unklnown
Categories:  Roster,RollingStock,Steam
Locomotives:  MEC 87(4-4-0)
Views:  172   Comments: 0
Passadumkeag to Milford
Title:  Passadumkeag to Milford
Description:  Dated October 12th 1889. I suspect this pass saved the passenger all of 10 cents back in the day for the 17 mile ride. Bettern horse back though... I wonder if there was another pass for the return trip... /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 6/12/2017 4:18:34 PM
Location:  Passadumkeag, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Passenger
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Views:  47   Comments: 1
Yard
Title:  Yard
Description:  c1895: Notes on the back of the photograph: "MCRR #34 on Train #2, Fred Little - Engineer, Albert Goodman - Fireman; yard engine #73, Vanceboro, Me." Note the Train Number '2' is displayed hanging in front of the head lamp. In the 1890 to 1905 era MEC had two #34s and two #73s. I drove to Vanceboro a few years ago. All this is gone now. MEC sold out to CP years ago and the main track with 2 sidings is now operated by Eastern Maine RR. Other photos show a hotel large station and freight house along with numerious other buildings. /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 11/4/2015 8:44:25 PM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station,Steam,Passenger,Track
Locomotives:  MEC 34(4-4-0)
Views:  173   Comments: 0
Wreck
Title:  Wreck
Description:  On the back of this print: - Maine Central wreck at Veazie, Me April 2 1895 – now you know as much as I do... The photographer did some climbing to make this scene. I suspect elsewhere are photographs of the locomotive that would reveal the nature of the accident... /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 1/3/2016 11:32:56 AM
Location:  Veazie, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Wreck
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Views:  205   Comments: 0
Working
Title:  Working
Description:  c1896 The back of this cabnet phoot sez: 96 MCRR Switching Engine, Orono. Dont know if this means the date or if it is locomotive #96..... /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 12/1/2015 2:02:16 PM
Location:  Orono, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Track
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Views:  185   Comments: 0
MEC 8
Title:  MEC 8
Description:  c1895 On the back of the print: “Known as the Lazy 8 at Mattawamkeag Me“ The MEC Roster shows several 4-4-0 locomotives numbered 8 in the early years thru 1910. I suspect this is most likely one of the later ones based on the tender lettering scheme. If so it was built by the Portland Works in June of 1886 serno 540. It was renumbered to #51 in 1900 and scrapped in June of 1907. Cyl 17x24 with 69 inch drivers. Date is an estimate. /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1900  Upload Date: 11/23/2015 8:33:38 PM
Location:  Mattawamkeag, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Steam
Locomotives:  MEC 8(4-4-0)
Views:  319   Comments: 0
Train 92
Title:  Train 92
Description:  From an old Post Card, here is Maine Central train 96 at the platform in Winn, Maine C1904. The locomotive MEC #60, origionally #25 prior to 1900 is a 4-4-0 from Rhode Island Works builders #1550. BLT April 1885, rebuilt in 1910, and scrapped in 1924. MEC Class E, Cyl: 17x24 with 62 inch drivers. The box car behind the locomotive looks to be MEC 5291 although the first digit of the number may be hidden behind the running lamp. According to the October 10th 1904 time table Train 96, which originated at Mattawamkeag at 4:10 PM, was due to depart this platform at 4:15 with an 6:20 PM arrival at Bangor. Connecting train would depart Bangor at 8PM with an eventual arrival in Portland at 1:05 AM and Boston at 5:57 AM. If you decide to go I suggest a sleeper out of Bangor. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1904  Upload Date: 1/14/2016 8:37:17 PM
Location:  Winn, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Station,Steam
Locomotives:  MEC 60(4-4-0)
Views:  168   Comments: 0
Station & Platform
Title:  Station & Platform
Description:  Vanceboro c1905 from an old picture post card. If I’m properly indexed this scene is looking west. The notation on the card says: C.P. & M.C.R.R. DEPOT, Vanceboro, Maine Published by B. Jackman, Vancevboro, Me. Looks like late Spring by the size & color of the snow piles around the platform. /DL
Photo Date:  4/1/1905  Upload Date: 12/2/2015 11:07:14 AM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  Jackman Collection
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  157   Comments: 0
Station
Title:  Station
Description:  C1905 an old post card view of the MEC Station at Winn. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1905  Upload Date: 1/28/2016 9:54:19 PM
Location:  Winn, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station
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Views:  125   Comments: 0
Waiting for the big hook
Title:  Waiting for the big hook
Description:  The month & day are an estimate. On the back of one of the prints: - Winn, Me 1909 Fred Little, engineer - These scenes apparently take place along side today’s Rt2 beside the Penboscot River. In this scene it looks like the track has been rebuilt and trains have been moving. Now it is time for the clean up. /DL
Photo Date:  11/1/1909  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 5:05:19 PM
Location:  Winn, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Wreck
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Views:  139   Comments: 1
Wreck
Title:  Wreck
Description:  The month & day are an estimate. On the back of one of the prints: - Winn, Me 1909 Fred Little, engineer - These scenes apparently take place along side today’s Rt2 beside the Penboscot River. /DL
Photo Date:  11/1/1909  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 5:05:25 PM
Location:  Winn, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Wreck
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Views:  232   Comments: 0
Wreck
Title:  Wreck
Description:  The month & day are an estimate. On the back of one of the prints: - Winn, Me 1909 Fred Little, engineer - These scenes apparently take place along side today’s Rt2 beside the Penboscot River. /DL
Photo Date:  11/1/1909  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 5:05:29 PM
Location:  Winn, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Wreck
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Views:  299   Comments: 0
Wreck
Title:  Wreck
Description:  The month & day are an estimate. On the back of one of the prints: - Winn, Me 1909 Fred Little, engineer - These scenes apparently take place along side today’s Rt2 beside the Penboscot River. /DL
Photo Date:  11/1/1909  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 5:05:33 PM
Location:  Winn, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Wreck
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Views:  145   Comments: 2
Yard
Title:  Yard
Description:  This PostCard scene is postmarked October 6 1910. This is an interesting scene looking west from the water tank at the east end of the yard near the Mattawamkeag River Bridge. The Canadian Pacific track to Brownville Jct is on the right with the interchange yard with MEC to the left. The Depot Street crossing, apparently not cleared of snow in this scene, is between the passenger platform and the freight house. A search in this archive of Mattawamkeag photos will give perspective from the other end of the yard. There is a crossing in the distance for today’s US Rt2 which doesn’t show up in this perspective. Steam power certainly gives the snow a rather dirty look. /DL.
Photo Date:  11/1/1909  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 5:32:53 PM
Location:  Mattawamkeag, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  194   Comments: 0
Station & Yard
Title:  Station & Yard
Description:  This photo post card is postmarked Oldtown, Me., Sept 1910 so I date this scene to about that time. The station is still there, or was back in 2014 as is the freight house and chruch to the left of the scene. The platform is long gone. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 5:19:00 PM
Location:  Old Town, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  122   Comments: 0
Yaard and Station
Title:  Yaard and Station
Description:  Too bad the wiskered gent is standing in front of what is probably the Freight House in this Picture Post Card yard scene. I suspect the locomotive is a local our of Old Town or Bangor doing switch duty and is waiting for a through train to pass. No additional information... /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 6/9/2017 4:48:04 PM
Location:  Passadumkeag, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  51   Comments: 0
Yard looking west
Title:  Yard looking west
Description:  C1915. This old post card is postmarked August 31 1917 and originated in Exeter NH. This scene looking west down the yard shows a couple of CP box cars on the left and a scale house in the distance. The station just to the right of the main line with a 5 or 6 bay round house. The box car spotted at the freight house shows D&HO or D&HC 19977 on the origional print. C2010 all this is gone, one main line track with a passing siding are all that remain. The line is operated by the Eastern Maine Railway. The St. Croix River & Canadian boarder is just a few hundred feet behind the camera. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1915  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 11:58:26 PM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  N.V. Campbell
Categories:  Yard,Station,Steam,Track
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Views:  192   Comments: 0
A load for MEC 55056
Title:  A load for MEC 55056
Description:  466 ties loaded onto MC 55056 (A flat car?) bound for Brunswick 100 years ago. ! /DL
Photo Date:  5/22/1918  Upload Date: 11/13/2017 11:00:43 PM
Location:  Danforth, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Track
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Views:  25   Comments: 0
MEC 613
Title:  MEC 613
Description:  From the back of the print....“ MEC No613 and train. Type 2-8-2 Mattawamkeag Me December 1938“ If I am properly indexed to the water tank and freight house, the train is westbound with the locomotive having just crossed over the Mattawamkeag River. The train will drift to the left and down the old E&NA ROW towards Bangor along the Penobscot River. If this were a Canadian Pacific train it would head straight cross the Penobscot and move west towards Brownville and western Maine. MEC 613 a Class S locomotive running 180 lbs built by Aldo in December 1916. Sold in March 1951. Cyl 26.5x30 with 63 inch drivers. /DL
Photo Date:  12/1/1938  Upload Date: 2/12/2016 11:23:37 AM
Location:  Mattawamkeag, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Roster,Steam
Locomotives:  MEC 613(2-8-2)
Views:  247   Comments: 2
Tie Plate Job Greenbush to Enfield
Title:  Tie Plate Job Greenbush to Enfield
Description:  In reviewing one of my Maine Central eBay acquisitions from years ago I came across this page. It is from a 3 ring binder with hand written notes from a track/MOW supervisor on a number of subjects. This page was of particular interest covering a 9 day period in October of 1946. It follows the manpower distribution across the assigned job categories for a 60 man track gang replacing tie plates over an 11 mile section of RR a few miles east of Bangor. They did about a mile a day. Back in these days I imagine they spent their nights on a work train parked on the Enfield Branch. It certainly would be interesting to see a crew like that in action today. I expect there was something like a dozen trains a day over that line in those days so the two flaggers were kept busy... Originally this track was part of the European and North American RR. It was built to 56" in 1871. It was leased to the MEC in 1882 and converted to standard gauge. It was later bought by the MEC and today is part of Pan Am. /DL
Photo Date:  10/3/1946  Upload Date: 9/21/2016 10:36:44 PM
Location:  Enfield, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Track
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Views:  135   Comments: 0
Track Work
Title:  Track Work
Description:  B&ML Road Master, Bob Gillam once told me that The MEC used to lube the rail joints so there would be plenty of give to alleviate stress. This graphic is taken from a 100 page track notebook covering MEC’s main line east of Orono in the 1940s & 1950s. In particular note the last two items, Joints and Lub Oil used... I’ve never seen this put in practice, even as I grew up on the Bucksport Branch in the 50s. Switches used to get a lot of attention but I don’t ever recall any oil applied to rail joints... /DL
Photo Date:  12/1/1953  Upload Date: 12/7/2016 10:27:29 PM
Location:  Orono, ME
Author:  MEC
Categories:  Track
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Views:  111   Comments: 0
Looking east at MP50
Title:  Looking east at MP50
Description:  This Winter perspecctive is looking across Stillwater Stream from the Water Street Xing. Once upon a time this mile post read P145/V106 in the old MEC days. Today it marks 50 miles to Mattawamkeag where PAR joins the Eastern Maine Railway... /DL
Photo Date:  12/30/2009  Upload Date: 8/27/2017 4:31:58 PM
Location:  Orono, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Bridge,Winter,Track
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Views:  31   Comments: 0
Looking East
Title:  Looking East
Description:  Here are 3 yard scenes at Danforth, Maine taken from the Depot Street Xing. There used to be two long sidings here in the MEC era. One was apparently removed years ago and the other just recently. Now operated by Eastern Maine Railway (EMRY) the CP ran over it years ago as did the MEC. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/2010  Upload Date: 8/27/2017 8:58:31 PM
Location:  Danforth, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Track
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Views:  47   Comments: 0
Looking West at MP 32
Title:  Looking West at MP 32
Description:  Looking west from Depot St. Xing at MP32 which is measured from McAdam, N.B. where the EMRY joins the New Brunswick Southern Railway (NBSR). /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/2010  Upload Date: 8/27/2017 8:58:33 PM
Location:  Danforth, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Track
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Views:  54   Comments: 0
Passenger Platform
Title:  Passenger Platform
Description:  Looking east from Depot St. across the former Canadian Pacific passenger platform for the Atlantic Limited. I don't recall the date when CP dropped passenger service but it was about 1990. A similar platform is at Mattawamkeag, Brownville, & Greenville Jct. C2017 when I visited Jackman no raised platform was aparent in front of the aging station building in that town. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/2010  Upload Date: 8/27/2017 8:58:35 PM
Location:  Danforth, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Track
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Views:  43   Comments: 0
Station & Yard
Title:  Station & Yard
Description:  A main line and two sidings are all thats left from the glory days. I belive PAR (akaMEC) have vacated Vanceboro by now and CPs former operation is now handled by Eastern Maine Railway. In front of the station it looks like vestages of the CP passenger platform are still visible. This point is at about MP 0.2 measured from the International RR bridge behind the camera thru a small cut. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/2010  Upload Date: 2/2/2016 8:44:12 PM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  103   Comments: 0
Station & Yard
Title:  Station & Yard
Description:  A main line and two sidings are all thats left from the glory days. I belive PAR (akaMEC) have vacated Vanceboro by now and CPs former operation is now handled by Eastern Maine Railway. In front of the station it looks like vestages of the CP passenger platform are still visible. This point is at about MP 0.2 measured from the International RR bridge behind the camera thru a small cut. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/2010  Upload Date: 2/2/2016 8:44:25 PM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  100   Comments: 0
Station & Yard
Title:  Station & Yard
Description:  A main line and two sidings are all thats left from the glory days. I belive PAR (akaMEC) have vacated Vanceboro by now and CPs former operation is now handled by Eastern Maine Railway. In front of the station it looks like vestages of the CP passenger platform are still visible. This point is at about MP 0.2 measured from the International RR bridge behind the camera thru a small cut. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/2010  Upload Date: 2/2/2016 8:44:49 PM
Location:  Vanceboro, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  97   Comments: 0


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