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Boston & Maine transition-era, freight train photo gallery

By | March 27, 2020

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Our sister magazine, Classic Trains, named Boston & Maine the railroad of the month for October 2019.

Please enjoy this photo gallery of images from the David P. Morgan Library archives at Kalmbach Media that include B&M steam-powered freight trains through time.

a steam engine passenger train
Boston & Maine Railroad 2-6-0 Mogul-type locomotive No. 1455 heads a short freight on the Hillsboro, N.H., branch at Elmwood in 1949.
a steam engine passenger train
a diesel freight train
Boston & Maine Railroad EMD FT locomotive No. 4222 passes JV Tower at Johnsonville, N.Y., with a westbound freight for Mechanicville, N.Y., in 1953.
a diesel freight train
an electric freight train
Boston & Maine Railroad motors 5002 and 5003 have tied onto a 2-8-4 Berkshire-type locomotive to drag it and its westbound train over the Hoosac Tunnel electric district in Massachusetts in 1940.
an electric freight train
a steam engine freight train
Boston & Maine Railroad 2-8-0 Consolidation-type No. 2404 curves around the wye at Lowell Junction, Mass., with a local freight from Lawrence, Mass.
a steam engine freight train
a diesel freight train
Boston & Maine Railroad EMD GP40-2 general purpose-type locomotive No. 308 and two sister locomotives head East Deerfield (Mass.) to Mechanicville, N.Y., freight EDME west near Charlemont, Mass., in 1980.
a diesel freight train
a steam freight train
Boston & Maine Railroad 2-8-0 Consolidation-type locomotive No. 2662 departs St. Johnsbury, Vt., with a Newport, Rhode Island, to White River Junction, Vermont, freight in 1946. At right are two Maine Central 2-8-2 Mikado-type locomotives, just in from Portland, Maine.
a steam freight train
a freight train in the background approaching a diesel in the foreground
Boston & Maine Railroad’s first EMD FT locomotive, No. 4200, on an eastbound freight meets the road’s first EMD GP9 general purpose type locomotive, No. 1700, at Mechanicville, N.Y., in 1957.
a freight train in the background approaching a diesel in the foreground
a steam engine pulling freight with a huge plume of smoke
An unidentified Boston & Maine Railroad 4-8-2 Mountain-type locomotive pulls westbound freight train PM-3 through Ayer, Mass., in the early 1940s.
a steam engine pulling freight with a huge plume of smoke
a steam freight train
Boston & Maine Railroad 2-6-0 Mogul-type locomotive No. 1464 rolls south along the Merrimac River with a short freight at Tyngsboro, Mass.
a steam freight train
a freight train going off into the distance with a caboose in the foreground on a winter day
Boston & Maine Railroad freight train JS-2 from — White River Junction, Vermont, and bound for Springfield, Vermont — is on Central Vermont tracks beside the Connecticut River 3 miles south of Brattleboro, Vt., in 1978.
a freight train going off into the distance with a caboose in the foreground on a winter day

2 thoughts on “Boston & Maine transition-era, freight train photo gallery

  1. I love seeing older photos of the Boston and Maine, the Railroad I model, but there were a couple of geographical caption errors.
    1. Photo 6 states the freights is leaving St. Johnsbury Vermont running from Newport Rhode Island to White River Jct. VT. That would be a very circuitous route! It actually left Newport VERMONT.
    2. Photo 10 states the freight is heading for Springfield Vermont. It has actually passed that town miles ago and is heading for Springfield MASSACHUSETTS, the “S” in JS-2.
    Lets get that “Trains” editor a book of railroad maps. 🙂

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