OF THE MAINE CENTRAL
A PORTFOLIO OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF MAINE CENTRAL
CLASS W 2-8-0 526
THIS WEB SITE CONTAINS 250 IMAGES WHICH PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE STEAM LOCOMOTIVES OPERATED BY THE MAINE CENTRAL
FROM ABOUT 1900 to 1954
RENUMBERING OF 1900
There were over three dozen predecessors of the Maine Central operating steam locomotives as early as 1836. To bring order to their locomotive roster, in 1900 the Maine Central grouped their locomotives into letter classes. Each letter class consisted of locomotives with the same wheel arrangement and similar characteristics, particularly the size of the engine's cylinders. Subclasses were used to some extent but not at all times or consistently. Sometimes a class also included a tonnage rating. This website is organized according to the 1900 system as updated and modified for new engines. It includes locomotives operating in 1900 and later. My source is mainly William D. Edson's all-time roster in RAILROAD HISTORY 152, Spring 1985, a publication of The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Inc.
The Rigby engine terminal in Portland
HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS SITE
Each page of this site presents photographs of a particular type of Maine Central steam locomotive beginning with the 2-6-0 Mogul type and ending with the switchers. You can scroll from page to page or go to a specific locomotive type by using the site map in the upper left corner of the page.
TO SCROLL GO TO THE BOTTOM OF EACH PAGE AND FIND "SUBPAGE" - Click the blue lettering showing the next page.
TO USE THE SITE MAP GO TO THE UPPER LEFT CORNER OF THE PAGE AND CLICK SITEMAP. WHEN THE SITEMAP PAGE COMES UP CLICK THE BOX WITH THE PARALLEL LINES.
When the box with the parallel lines is clicked, the site map will list pages alphabetically but if you scroll from page to page you will find the pages arranged by wheel arrangement, that is, locomotives with two-wheel pony trucks are the first pages, followed by pages of locomotives with four-wheel leading trucks and lastly pages of switchers with no front trucks.
A 2-8-2, 2-8-0 and two 4-6-0's are helping a 2-8-2 at the head end on the climb through the Crawford Notch in New Hampshire
PHOTO BY A.O.WILKINS
All the photographs are from my collection.
The photographer is credited when known.
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THIS SITE CONSTRUCTED BY EDWARD J. OZOG