Amherst Railway Society - meeting - November, 2017Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Challenge of Logging Northern MaineThe Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad (EL&WB) was a Great Northern Paper Company railroad built to transfer pulpwood between drainage basins in a remote area of northern Maine. Started in 1927, the railroad only operated until 1933 when economic depression reduced the demand for paper. But in that short time the railroad hauled over a million cords of pulpwood using two steam engines and two Plymouth switchers. While the Plymouth switchers found work elsewhere, both steam engines were abandoned in Maine where they remain to this day. On November 8, 2017, investigative historian Richard Symonds will discuss the construction and operation of the Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad. He will show the challenges the railroad faced and the creative ways in which they dealt with them. Symonds will also discuss the Chesuncook and Chamberlain Railroad and the Seboomock Lake and St. John Railroad, which were also part of Great Northern Paper operations. Richard Symonds is an evidence-based historian, carefully researching, photographing, and visiting the sujhects he chooses to document. He has written books on the mills of Tolland County and the mills of Vernon. Symonds is a resident of Tolland, Connecticut, and a retired fireman. Amherst Railway Society meetings are open to the public.