Our goal is to represent the technology available at the time of the original construction - a philosophy crucial to maintaining the spirit of the original machine. Components will be produced as similarly in method as practical to the original, to maintain the same level of craftsmanship and skill required for the original. Of course several known departures from this philosophy have been accepted in advance for the sake of practicality.
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Choosing a Baldwin: As a Baldwin Locomotive Works product, together with No 9 representing the Portland Company, we will be preserving the range of motive power preferred by the original Railway and other Maine two foot railroads. The Baldwin Locomotive Works is a widely recognized and popular builder.This will serve to promote involvement in the project by individuals interested in steam locomotion and the construction of new steam locomotives generally.The size of this locomotive, compared with a standard gauge locomotive, makes the project more attainable than constructing a standard gauge locomotive, thereby further supporting the above idea. Choosing Locomotive 7: As a 28 ton locomotive, this machine will amply handle any needs our operation will have, will represent the heavier class of locomotives used by the railway, but is not so large as to tax our track structure. Many of our members have shown significant interest in reproducing one of the locomotives on the original line.Between locomotives 6 and 7, the latter will prove substantially more cost effective to operate, and by design is better suited to our current and expected future service requirements. Historical Perspective: Respect shall be given to the fact that a steam locomotive is a direct result of the technology and production methods available at the time of original construction.The final product shall be more than an operating facsimile of the original machine, and shall not necessarily be created as easily as possible using modern technology.Instead, the machine shall, as much as practical, represent the industrial age which the Baldwin Locomotive Works worked from in 1907, when the original locomotive was constructed. Practical Limits to Historical Tribute: Several recognized and documented exceptions to the historical tribute discussed above must be made for practical reasons.Specifically, these exceptions are made to: - Bring the construction cost in line with the capabilities of our organization. - Make the finished product more practical, and therefore economical, to maintain and operate. Care will be given to each component concerning its design and production method; decisions will be made as consistent as possible with maintaining historical integrity while not exceeding our practical limitations. A major benefit to this project will be the opportunity to document the various methods used to produce the locomotive.This will serve as an educational study of historical industrial methods as well modern methods being used in place of them for practical reasons. Identity: The locomotive as finished will be given the road number 11 for a number of reasons: - To recognize the enormous effort that must be made to fulfill this project, - To recognize that while we are trying to emulate the Baldwin Locomotive Works we are in fact not that company. - To carry on with our organization’s tradition of giving new numbers to “replica” equipment, - To carry on the original railway’s tradition of assigning consecutive road numbers to locomotives regardless of locomotives currently or formerly on the roster.