The mission of the Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Museum is to rebuild and preserve the history of the narrow gauge railroad in the lakes region area for current and future generations and to foster interest in the history of the town of Bridgton, Maine.
Continue reading about our board members and project below
Our current Board of Directors contains six individuals, pictured posing on B&SR 2-4-4T #8.
In the bottom row from left to right, Dalton Hulsey , Jordan Valladares, Austin Kaeser, and Adam Cook. Top row from left to right, Connor Maher and Cullen Maher.
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Dalton Hulsey, President/Shop Foreman
Born and raised in South Texas, Dalton grew up watching trains go by creating a passion for both railroading and history. Working with his father as a mechanic before moving to Bridgton he had learned repairs of a plethora of machines big and small. Dalton got his first taste of railroading when he was hired on at Conway Scenic Railroad where he worked as a railroad car mechanic, welder, carpenter, machinist, and general mechanic on both industrial machinery and locomotives. Shortly thereafter he volunteered at the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway and Maine Narrow Gauge, where he worked on track projects. The B&SR Project was born after a conversation about the railroad between himself and Adam, then shortly into 2020 the project was born.
Adam Cook, Vice President/ Secretary/Track Foreman
A Bridgton native and long time rail enthusiast with a passion for history. Adam would gain first hand railroading experience after being hired onto the Conway Scenic Railroad track crew. Thoroughly loving the job he would pursue an education in track maintenance and track standards. After gaining this education he frequently volunteers at track work events at the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway and Maine Narrow Gauge Museum.
Austin Kaeser, Treasurer
From Casco, Maine Austin grew up building model airplanes and woodworking with is father. He was first introduced to railroading when visiting his friends at Conway Scenic Railroad, from there on in he was interested in railroading. His curious personality would eventually have him joining his friends in volunteering at the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway and at Maine Narrow Gauge, where he worked on track projects. He would be asked to join the B&SR crew shortly after the project's inception.
Jordan Valladares, Road Foreman of Engines
A native of East Conway, New Hampshire, Jordan has been a railroad enthusiast since birth with deep family ties to the Maine Central Railroad. He started working for the Conway Scenic Railroad after leaving the Navy where he was able to witness railroading in England, Ireland, France and Egypt. In Conway he worked as a railroad car inspector, diesel mechanic, steam mechanic, yard hostler, and fireman. With a great interest in preserving history he was asked to join the B&SR crew shortly after the project's inception.
Connor Maher, Operations Manager
A resident of Scarborough, Maine who has a passion for history and railroads. First got involved in railroad preservation by helping the 470 Railroad club restore a tank car at the Conway Scenic Railroad. Connor worked at the Conway Scenic Railroad as a Trainman, Conductor, Steam Locomotive Fireman and Student Locomotive Engineer. He also has spent time volunteering at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway and Maine Narrow Gauge Museum.
Cullen Maher, Company Historian
A resident of Scarborough, Maine with a passion for railroad history. First got involved in railroad preservation by helping the 470 Railroad club restore a tank car at the Conway Scenic Railroad. Cullen worked at the Conway Scenic Railroad as a Trainman, Conductor, and History Guide. He also has spent time volunteering at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway and Maine Narrow Gauge Museum.
Our shortest term goal is nearing completion, which is to find and purchase a suitable plot of land where the new yard can be built. Once the land has been acquired a detailed development plan can be created to be sent to the Bridgton Planning Board and Maine DEP for approval. After everything gets approved our primary focus will be on building the yard and returning some of the original B&SR and B&H equipment to Bridgton.
The buildings in the yard will be built to resemble their original counterparts even though the yard layout will likely not be the same as the original B&SR yard. Buildings we intend on including in our development plan are a station, car shop, four stall round house, freight house, and machine shop.
After the yard is complete the next hurdle will be the building of a bridge across Sandy Creek to the original road bed, seeking track rights to sections of the original road bed and then a crossing with Rt. 107. So long as track rights can be secured construction would then begin towards Perley's Mills.