Below you will find the most frequently asked questions regarding our organization. If you have a question that isn't on the list, feel free to give us a shout!
All questions regarding our current, or future location can be found here.
We are very happy to announce our purchase of a 5.1 acre parcel of land next to the Rolfe Corporation on Home Run Road in Bridgton. This will serve as the location of our museum and railyard moving forward.
All questions regarding rolling stock will be found here.
This has a complicated answer. While we certainly have certain pieces of equipment we would like to return to Bridgton, it is ultimately not our decision. That decision is up to Maine Narrow Gauge, Maine Locomotive and Machine Works, and a few private collectors. While we have good relationships with all of these entities we cannot currently speculate on what, if any, original B&SR equipment may come home
Following up on the previous question, the short answer is it is hard to speculate at the moment. the long answer is that even if we do reach agreements with the other organizations, it is the opinion of the B&SR Railroad Museum that we will not bring back any original equipment until we have sufficient facilities to properly store and maintain such equipment. The soonest possible timeframe is after we get our car shop built.
B&SR #8 is currently owned by Maine Narrow Gauge and is pending restoration. Our organization will help MNG restore #8 in any way we can, largely by supplying labor when needed. We wish we could invest more financially in the project, but at the current time we need the funds to help us get off the ground and get our initial buildings constructed when that time comes.
All questions regarding our business plans can be found here
While we can only speak what we know we can do until we acquire land, we will continue to work with the Bridgton Historical Society to host events that teach the history of the B&SR/B&H along with raise awareness of it's historical importance. Additionally we will continue to send out volunteers to assist the other two-footer organizations and standard gauge ones in the common goal of railroad preservation.
Currently the majority of our income is from dues payed by our board of directors. Merchandise sales will soon also be a source of fundraising and of course donations from the general public are greatly appreciated!
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