We got to the departure point at Upper Bridge early and met Joe Fero, Executive Director of the Brooks Preservation Society www.brookspreservation.org . In conversation he told me that his group started out with a simple goal of restoring the Brooks Station. Next thing he knew they were leasing the rail line from Maine Transportation, rebuilding track, and buying rolling stock. Luckily some of the members of the society just happen to own some rolling stock which is used for the excursions. He also told me that among his many duties he still gets to sweep the floors and take out the garbage. That is Joe taking the garbage out of the caboose. Sounds vaguely familiar to my job at the Historic Onley Train Station http://mysite.verizon.net/res13fuzt .
The caboose we rode in is owned my one of the society founders. He told me that when the original B&ML rolling stock was being sold he bought this one for $50. Can you see the envious green tint i still have on my face????
The ride took us from Upper Bridge Belfast to the Brooks Station which is about ten miles. Speed limit on the line is 15mph, so each way takes about an hour. Our train consisted of B&ML locomotive 50, a 70 ton GE diesel, Lackawanna coach 3248, Lackawanna coach 3236, B&ML Open Air Car #25, and our B&ML caboose. (Note to Possum,,, I tried really hard to get the caboose into the back of my car but they kept watching me every minute,,,, Sorry).
The next series of pictures were taken from my conductors seat. The country side was really beautiful and the sun even cooperated by coming out.