Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Narrow gauge in Portland, Maine (cont'd).

As noted at the close of my previous post on this subject, Maine's narrow gauge railroads had rails only two feet apart. This, I believe, was the narrowest gauge in common use in the U.S. Below are two tiny engines standing on the same siding as the freight cars shown in the earlier post.

After I took these photos, we began walking back towards the fishermen's wharves to buy some lobsters for our evening meal. We had gone a short way, and were passing a couple going in the opposite direction, when the woman said, "Look! Here comes The Cat." I looked over towards the harbor and saw the big catamaran ferry that runs between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia entering the mouth of the Fore River.

Having photographed The Cat, I rejoined my wife and our friend to continue our walk to the fish market. However, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that made me excuse myself and go running back toward the railroad museum.

It was old No. 4, a gorgeously preserved 0-4-4 loco, pulling another S.R.& R.L. combine car. A fitting finish to a fine afternoon of train watching.

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