TagTown - Maine Two Footers

In Maine there were once many 2 foot gauge railroads. Much has been written about these long gone Lilliputians. What follows are examples of baggage checks from some of these roads.
Bridgton & Saco River Railroad
2 Early sets of reversible tags. Both sets are made by John Robbins of Boston. The set on the right may be the earlier of the two. Note that the Eastern RR and the Portland & Ogdensburg RRs are both on this tag (# 1113). The Eastern was absorbed by the B&M RR in 1885. The Portland & Ogdensburg existed from 1871 - 1888 (when it was absorbed by the Maine Central). Because passenger operations started on the B&SR in 1882, this tag set would have been used between 1883 - 1885. 

The pair on the right has the reversible check on its reverse side. The makers hallmark is on the front. Note that both of these tag sets required an additional (probably paper/cardstock) destination tag with the actual station name on it. SOme people make a big deal out of the misspelled town name of BRIDGETON and not BRIDGTON. Later tags from this road do not have this misspelling 

2 Early sets of reversible tags. Both sets are made by John Robbins of Boston. Both sets have pretty low numbers. The pair on the right has the reversible tag on its reverse side. Because both tags have MC RR (Maine Central) they would be from after the acquisition of the Portland & Ogdensburg. This would make the use these tags after 1888. 
 An early reversible bag tag (left) and a shell tag (right). Both tags are made by John Robbins of Boston. The reversible tag has the "later" style Robbins hallmark (includes "MFG CO". The shell tag is badly discolored, but still readable. 

Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad
The Wiscasset & Quebec operated from 1895 -1901, when it became the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington RR. It is interesting that all of these tags were made by the Rand Avery Company of Boston. The middle tag (with the small star) is in exceptional condition. The tag on the left was nickel plated at one time. This would have ben an order option by the railroad. The tag with the star is believed to be the passenger receipt.

Sandy River Railroad & Kennebec Central Railroad
The Sandy River tag was made by John RObbins of Boston. It is a reversible (bag tag). It would have required an additional station destination tag. The Kennebec Central was an extremely short line (3 stations). This tag was made by Rand Avery of Boston. The reverse has an interesting customized remark to E. Stillings. E. Stillings was a Pullman conductor who worked in Maine. I have another tag in my collection inscribed on the back stating that Bangor was his "home" location.

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