At the moment we’ve simply uploaded pictures but the story will begin soon.
The Maine woods is still actively logged and there's lots of evidence of that in the backwoods.
In the winter of 1926-1927 machines known as Lombard tractors hauled everything needed to build a thirteen mile railroad in the woods, from Lac-Frontiere, Quebec to Eagle Lake. Besides the two one-hundred ton engines, they hauled rails, switchers (small train engines), enough equipment to build a fifteen-hundred foot trestle over Allagash Stream at the Umbazooksus Lake end of the railway, and sixty box cars.
Supplies to run the railroad came from the South. Delivered to Greenville Maine, they were then transported over forty-five miles of backwoods roads to Chesuncook Lake for the final leg of the journey by steamboat.
Both engines burned coal but needed to be converted to oil because of the concern that cinders might light the woods on fire. This is the furnace of engine #1.
The boxcars were thirty-two feet long with slatted sides, remnants of which can still be seen today. each car could hold twelve cords of pulp wood. Today the boxcars are lined up in two rows on a forested berm near the lake.