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By:David Larrabee
Dates:1/1/1880 - 1/1/1980
Album Info:MEC's Kineo branch was laid down by the Somerset Railroad. It extended north from the MEC's Back Road at Oakland eventually reaching Kineo on Moosehead Lake. Track was laid to N.Anson by 1875 to Solon by 1889 and into Bingham in 1890. In the early 1900s track was put down from Austin Jct, a mile or so south, of Bingham to Rockwood across Moosehead Lake from Kineo. There was a junction with the CP at Somerset Jct. MEC took over management in 1911. All passenger service ended by late 1933. Track was taken up from Austin Jct to Kineo in late 1936. Freight service to Bingham continued into 1975. R&LHS#152 and The Old Somerset Railroad by Walter M Macoughall area good sources of the history of this railroad. /DL
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Yard
Title:  Yard
Description:  This rather poor quality panorama took to digital processing better than expected. The 3 box cars are Grand Trunk 19754, Eastman Car Company #50019, and Maine Central #4039. When the switch lamp is 8 feet off the ground you know youre in Snow Country. No date or photographer info with this perspective. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1900  Upload Date: 4/23/2017 2:38:58 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  RollingStock,Yard,Station,Track
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Yard
Title:  Yard
Description:  This rather poor quality panorama took to digital processing better than expected. The 3 box cars are Grand Trunk 19754, Eastman Car Company #50019, and Maine Central #4039. When the switch lamp is 8 feet off the ground you know youre in Snow Country. No date or photographer info with this perspective. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1900  Upload Date: 4/23/2017 2:39:00 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  RollingStock,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  29   Comments: 0
Yard
Title:  Yard
Description:  This rather poor quality panorama took to digital processing better than expected. The 3 box cars are Grand Trunk 19754, Eastman Car Company #50019, and Maine Central #4039. When the switch lamp is 8 feet off the ground you know youre in Snow Country. No date or photographer info with this perspective. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1900  Upload Date: 4/23/2017 2:39:01 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  RollingStock,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  16   Comments: 0
October 1904 Time Table Extract
Title:  October 1904 Time Table Extract
Description:  This extract covers westbound (south) passenger service in 1904 on the Bingham Branch. Looks like there was daily service with 2 trains in each direction. /DL
Photo Date:  10/10/1904  Upload Date: 2/1/2011 9:55:11 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  MeCRR
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  128   Comments: 0
Building Gulf Stream Trestle
Title:  Building Gulf Stream Trestle
Description:  Many references list this trestle for Bingham, however a glance at the Maine Atlas & Gazettier place the bridge in Moscow, Maine a few miles up the track from Austin Jct. A Google search on Gulf Stream Trestle will provide more info. The only note on the back of this old print is - Building Gulf Stream Trestle 1904-05 - /DL
Photo Date:  4/1/1905  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 12:18:58 PM
Location:  Moscow, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Bridge
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Looking north across the Carrabassett
Title:  Looking north across the Carrabassett
Description:  The road Xing right in front of the bridge is Elm Street, or RT 16 today. Date is an estimate.. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1908  Upload Date: 2/1/2011 9:55:14 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Station,Track
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On the Platform
Title:  On the Platform
Description:  There isnt much with this old pring except location and the year 1910... /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1910  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 12:41:10 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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A snowy day
Title:  A snowy day
Description:  C1910 but that is just a guess. From an old Postcard simply annotated as: Bingham Maine. No date or photographer info. The photo card is quite sharp. The locomotive is number 12. There is a train number over the head lamp but I can’t make it out. This must be a passenger or mixed as several passengers with baggage are track side waiting to board. /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1910  Upload Date: 1/20/2016 1:48:28 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Steam,Track
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Station
Title:  Station
Description:  C1910? The platforms are all swept off and the track had been cleared, perhaps by hand. Note the guard rail on the sharp curve coming out of the switch on the freight house siding. Are we looking at end of track with a short switch lead beyond the passenger platform? /DL
Photo Date:  1/1/1910  Upload Date: 1/22/2016 9:39:11 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Station
Title:  Station
Description:  Just south of Bingham C1910 from a picture postcard. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 1/15/2016 8:31:27 PM
Location:  Solon, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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OOPS !
Title:  OOPS !
Description:  Now this is a different RR scene. Date is an estimate. I call it the MEC Boat Launch, however I suspect things got a little out of hand on slipery steel and the tender derailing ended up keeping #361 out of the drink. Mt.Kineo is in the back gorund. The station & dock are to the right. MEC #361 a 4-6-0 is a class O Alco/Schenectady product with builders number 38171. Blt 9/05 & sc 5/48 CylL 21x26 with 63 inch drivers. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 5:43:35 PM
Location:  Rockwood, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Steam
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MEC 1606
Title:  MEC 1606
Description:  The hi-lite of this scene is the MEC cattle car #1606.. This Picture Post Card was postmarked April 21st 1914 at 5PM addressed to Dyer Brook, Maine... No amplyfing information. The scene is looking timetable east towards the bridge over the Carrabassett River.
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 4/9/2017 9:05:51 AM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Lakeside Station & Yard
Title:  Lakeside Station & Yard
Description:  Sidings, Station and the Kineo House c1910. The Kineo House is in the distance across Moosehead Lake. This was the terminus of the Kineo Branch. The area where these sidings are in this scene became automobile parking for the Kineo House in the 40s and 50s. Today it is public parking for a public boat landing in the inlet between this storage yard and the station yard to the right. The station area was vacant in 2008 and the crib work was in disrepair. Reminants of the station can still be found if you kick around in the weeds and gravel. In this scene two steam launches are waiting to take sports to the various destinations on the lake. The mountain on the left is Mt. Kineo a local land mark. Steam ship and train connections were carefully maintained back in the 20s. The turnaround time for an order to Sears in Boston was 2 days and 1 night if you got the order on the morning boat for Rockwood from any of the sporting camps on the lake. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 12/18/2015 12:07:22 AM
Location:  Rockwood, ME
Author:  E.E.Clement
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Yard
Title:  Yard
Description:  C1910 at Rockwood station looking inland, the lake is behind the camera. The steam boat is docked where the public boat landing is C2010. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 3:15:16 PM
Location:  Rockwood, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  134   Comments: 0
RR Station & yard
Title:  RR Station & yard
Description:  Date estimated... /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1910  Upload Date: 2/1/2011 9:55:16 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  142   Comments: 0
On the Platform
Title:  On the Platform
Description:  No info on this old Picture Post Card. Date is an estimate. /DL
Photo Date:  11/1/1910  Upload Date: 4/23/2017 3:15:14 PM
Location:  Norridgewock, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Station,Track
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Rolled Over
Title:  Rolled Over
Description:  Not much on the back of this old photo: - Near Bingham 1911 - too bad a defect in the print is right over the head lamp of the work train. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1911  Upload Date: 1/1/2016 1:25:56 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Steam,Wreck,Track
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Station
Title:  Station
Description:  This pre-WW1 colored postcard was postmarked in Madison on March 20th 1916 and was addressed to Solon, Maine back in the days before the wide spread use of telephone between towns. The postcard was published by Snow in Brunswick. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1915  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 2:05:52 PM
Location:  Madison, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Station
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Station
Title:  Station
Description:  This pre-WW1 colored postcard was postmarked in North Anson on Sept 18th 1916 and was addressed to Oakland, Maine. The postcard was published by Holt in Madison back in the Picture Post Card era. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1915  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 2:14:21 PM
Location:  Madison, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Station
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MEC #109 Working the yard
Title:  MEC #109 Working the yard
Description:  Here is MEC #109 a 4-6-0 working the interchange yard between MECs back road and the Sumerset Branch at Oakland. These photos comes from the Stillings Collection and are dated August 1st 1920. #109 was built in October of 1906 by Alco and came to the MEC from the Somerset in 1911. It began operation as Somerset #12 before it was renumbered to Somerset #23 in 1907. A class G on the MEC (18x24-55inch) it was scrapped in 1925. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1920  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 2:40:29 PM
Location:  Oakland, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Track
Locomotives:  MEC 109(4-6-0)
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Working the yard
Title:  Working the yard
Description:  Here is MEC #109 a 4-6-0 working the interchange yard between MECs back road and the Sumerset Branch at Oakland. These photos comes from the Stillings Collection and are dated August 1st 1920. #109 was built in October of 1906 by Alco and came to the MEC from the Somerset in 1911. It began operation as Somerset #12 before it was renumbered to Somerset #23 in 1907. A class G on the MEC (18x24-55inch) it was scrapped in 1925. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1920  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 2:40:32 PM
Location:  Oakland, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Track
Locomotives:  MEC 109(4-6-0)
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Mill Stream Bridge
Title:  Mill Stream Bridge
Description:  Back in the hayday of the picture post card just about anything could be the subject as this out of the way RR bridge is testiment to. This early Photo card was published by The Eastern Illustrating Co of Belfast in the early 20s The N.Anson postmark is for Octover 15th but the year is not readable It was addressed to Pittsfield. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1920  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 2:58:11 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Bridge
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Station from Moosehead Lake
Title:  Station from Moosehead Lake
Description:  No date or other info with this old print except the location. It looks like the camera was on the upper deck of a steam boat when this scene was captured... /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1920  Upload Date: 4/24/2017 4:31:20 PM
Location:  Rockwood, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Station
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Heated water tank
Title:  Heated water tank
Description:  This scene must be looking towards end of track at the station. No date or info except -Bingham- on the back of this old photograph. /DL
Photo Date:  8/1/1925  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 3:05:50 PM
Location:  Bingham, ME
Author:  David Larrabee
Categories:  Yard,Track
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Time Table #50 Extract
Title:  Time Table #50 Extract
Description:  The Kineo Branch from MEC Portland Division Employes Time Table #50, June 27, 1927. /DL
Photo Date:  6/27/1927  Upload Date: 4/20/2017 12:34:26 PM
Location:  Portland, ME
Author:  Maine Central
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Track Chart Extract
Title:  Track Chart Extract
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/1/1960  Upload Date: 2/1/2011 9:55:18 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  MeCRR
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  127   Comments: 0
From Rt201 Xing
Title:  From Rt201 Xing
Description:  Bingham Branch at Austin Junction at MP P119.18. The Kineo Branch appears to have remained on the tangent, that is straight ahead. The track to the left heads another mile into Bingham. Note the Austin Jct sign on the right and the flanger warning just befor the switch. /DL
Photo Date:  5/30/1966  Upload Date: 12/18/2015 7:37:20 PM
Location:  Austin Junction, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Track
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Bingham to the left
Title:  Bingham to the left
Description:  Bingham Branch at Austin Junction at MP P119.18. Kineo would have been up the ROW thru the trees. Oakland is 40 odd miles behind the camera. The railroad, as the Somerset Railway, reached this point in 1890. It was extended to Moosehead Lake in 1906 and became the Kineo Branch of the MEC in 1911. The last passenger run was made in September of 1933 at which time the track was taken up north of Bingham and the Junction became a Jct in name only. (Tip of the hat to the keeper of the Somerset RR page on Wikipedia.) /DL
Photo Date:  5/30/1966  Upload Date: 12/18/2015 7:37:23 PM
Location:  Austin Junction, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Track
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Lookling towards Bingham at MP P119.18
Title:  Lookling towards Bingham at MP P119.18
Description:  Bingham Branch at Austin Junction at MP P119.18 . /DL
Photo Date:  5/30/1966  Upload Date: 12/18/2015 7:37:27 PM
Location:  Austin Junction, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Track
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Looking south
Title:  Looking south
Description:  Standing on the Kineo Branch ROW looking south at the Junction and the Rt201 crossing. /DL
Photo Date:  5/30/1966  Upload Date: 12/18/2015 7:37:31 PM
Location:  Austin Junction, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Track
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Looking North in 1966
Title:  Looking North in 1966
Description:  Looking at Google in 2017 the bridge still stands and track runs across it. The track is paved over and disappears into bushes on the north side of the road where the station once stoold.. /DL
Photo Date:  5/30/1966  Upload Date: 2/1/2011 9:55:24 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  189   Comments: 0
Carrabassett River RR Bridge
Title:  Carrabassett River RR Bridge
Description: 
Photo Date:  5/30/1966  Upload Date: 2/1/2011 9:55:27 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  156   Comments: 0
Team Track
Title:  Team Track
Description:  Pulp wood loading. I'm not sure of the locaton of this photo. It may be on the south side or the river. Any help in details would be used to update this text.... /DL
Photo Date:  5/30/1966  Upload Date: 2/1/2011 9:55:29 PM
Location:  North Anson, ME
Author:  Unknown
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Station,Track
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Views:  371   Comments: 1


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