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truss over the river at Salmon Falls, all resting upon piers and abutments of first-class masonry. In addition to the above, there are two wooden truss bridges at the State line near Milton, New Hampshire; all are in good condition. The track is laid with steel rails, upon good sound sleepers ; The station buildings are comfortable, and are kept in good order. The rolling stock upon the Eastern Division is firstclass in every respect.
BOSTON AND MAINE. (WESTERN Division.) The Western Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad, within the limits of this State, is composed of the line from Portland via Old Orchard, etc., to the State live at Salmon Falls 44 miles in this State, and the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Branch 4.5 miles in length. The main line of this road is in a very satisfactory condition. The road-bed is wide and well ballasted, ditched and drained, and the location between the fences cleared of trees and bushes. A double track extends from Portland to West Biddeford, and the track for the entire distance between Portland and Salmon Falls, is in good alignment and surface. The pile bridges at Portland and Scarboro' marshes, receive all necessary repairs and are in good order. With the exception of the bridges above mentioned, the bridges upon the line are constructed of iron, of approved designs, and supported upon abutments and piers of first-class masonry. Since the date of our last report, the double track iron bridge at Salmon Falls has been completed. The superstructure is a model of strength and durability, and the masonary is massive and first-class. During the past year six miles of track has been re-laid with heavy steel rails. The station buildings along the line are in good condition, and particular attention is paid to cleanliness, conducive to the comfort and convenience of passengers. The Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Branch is in fair condition. The road-bed is well formed with good ditches and drains. The track is in fair alignment and surface, and well ballasted. There are several pile bridges along the line, most of them in good order, but the two next south of the station at Kennebunk should be re-built or filled the coming summer. The station buildings are comfortable and are kept in good order. The rolling stock of the Boston and Maine Railroad is in every respect first class.
BIDDEFORD AND Saco RAILROAD. (HORSE.) From Biddeford to Old Orchard Beach, 5.72 miles. This road was opened for travel in July 1888, and has continued in successful operation since that time. The road is located through the main streets of Biddeford and Saco, and along the county road from Sinco to Old Orchard. The road is well constructed; the cars are very good and comfortable; the horses are well cared for and treated kindly. The company have a large well arranged, and comfortable stable in Saco.
BRIDGION AND Saco RIVER RAILROAD. From Bridgton to a junction with the Portland and Ogilensburg Railroad at Hiram, sixteen miles. Gauge two feet.
This road is maintained in the same good condition as stated in our report of last year. The road-bed is well graded and ditched with ample culverts and water ways to secure good drainage. The track is well aligned, surfaced, and ballasted. The rails are steel, and the ties mostly sound and good; the road rides well; the station buildings are comfortable and convenient; the rolling stock is very good.
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY.
Since the date of our last report, this line of road has been completed from the west line of the State to a connection with the European and North American Division of the Maine Central Railroad at Mattawamkeag. That portion of the road between the west line of the State and Greenville at the foot of Moosehead lake was opened for business in December, 1888, and the division between Greenville and Mattawamkeag was opened for travel the first day of June, 1889. The road is thoroughly built in every respect, and no expense has been spared to secure safety and permanency in the construction of all its parts so far as completed. The road-bed is wide, well ditched and drained. A large proportion of the bridges are of steel superstructure supported by abutments and piers of first-class m:sonry. There are two steel trestle bridges, one at Wilson stream, 900 feet in length, and 114 feet high, the other at Ship pond 1,400 feet in length, 124 feet in height, and each trestle rests upon foundation piers of solid first-class masonry. The decks of the bridges are built of hard pine timber and every precaution has been adopted to insure the safety of trains. There are a large number of wooden trestle and pile bridges along the line; several bave been built for temporary use, to be replaced by earth embankments or iron bridges, but all are built in a substantial and workmanlike manner, and with due regard to the safety of the trains. The track is laid with steel rails (60 pounds to the yard) upon good ties of uniform dimensions, but the ballasting is not fully completed. Good and convenient station buildings have been built at Moose river and Brownville, and others are in process of erection at the foot of Moosehead lake and at other points along the road. The rolling stock is first class in all respects.
FRANKLIN AND MEGANTIC RAILROAD. From Strong to Kingfield 15 miles. Gauge 2 feet. During the past season the track and road-bed of this road has been improved by surfacing, aligning, and sume ballistiny. The track is laid with steel rails, and the ties are generally good. About 1000 ties have been laid during the year. The track is for the most part well ballasted. At our examination this year, we found that several of the trestle bridges needed repairing and strengthening, and notice was served on the manager to that effect. The station buildings are comfortable, and the rolling stock is in fair condition.
FRYEBURG HORSE RAILROAD. From station of the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad at Fryeburg to Martha's Grove, three miles. This road was built in the year 1888, but as the Company has failed to make returns to the Board until the present season, it has not been mentioned in former reports. The road is well built and has proved a great convenience to the citizens of Fryeburg and the summer visitors to that attractive town. The track is laid with steel rails, sixteen pounds to the yard, upon good stringers secured by cross ties. The Company intended to operate the road during the season of pleasure travel only, but as it has proved a great convenience to travellers arriving and departing by railroad, it has been found necessary to operate it between the station and the village the
GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY.
To the above named system is now added the Lewiston and Auburn Branch, 5.50 miles in length, and Norway Branch, 1.5 miles in length. This road continues to be maintained in the same good condition as stated in our report of last year. During the past season nine miles of new steel rails, and sixty thousand ties have been laid, and twelve miles of track ballasted. The track is in good alignment and surface, and rides very smoothly. The road is fully ballasted and well ditched and drained. The location between the fences is cleared of all trees, bushes, and rubbish of every kind, presenting a very neat appearance. A new iron plate girder has taken the place of the wooden stringers at the road bridge at Mechanic Falls. The bridges (with one exception) are constructed of iron and the masonry is mostly first-class. Some of the station buildings are new and in good order, but the others are old and inconvenient. The rolling stock is first-class and in good condition. The above statements apply also to the Lewiston and Auburn, and Norway branches.
GREEN MOUNTAIN Railway. (Mount DESERT.) This road is open for business only about three months in the year, or during the season of pleasure travel, and it is maintained in good condition. Many new cross-ties and stringers have been laid this year. Every precaution is taken to insure the safety of the train, and no accident has ever occurred. The rolling stock is in good condition.
KNOX AND LINCOLN RAILROAD. It affords us pleasure to report the continued improvement in the condition of this road. During the past year 859 tons of steel rails, and 8,000 cedar ties bave been laid, thus completing the entire renewal of the track with steel rails from Woolwich to Rockland. With the above mentioned improvements, the track, if properly aligned and surfaced, would compare favorably with any in the State. A construction and gravel train has been run nearly five months, and a large amount of ballist has been placed upon the road-bed,
greatly improving it. Twenty-four hundred feet of side-tracks have been laid. Much attention has been given to ditching and draining. A large granite culvert of superior workmanship has been built at Ward's brook, near Wiscasset. About 80,000 feet of hard pine timber has been used in repairing and renewing the bridges at different points, and all are in safe and very satisfactory condition. The bridge masonry is generally first-class. About five miles of wire fence bas been built. A new passenger station has been built at Warren, and 2500 feet of platforms at different points. New track scales have been put in at Rockland, and the wharves at Bath and Woolwich extensively repaired. The station grounds at Wiscasset have been enlarged, adding greatly to the convenience of loading and unloading freight. The rolling stock is mostly first-class. The cars are nearly all heated by the Sewall system of steam heating from the locomotive.