Edaville Railroad Museum

| July/August 1960

  • Edaville Locomotives
    No. 7 receives a brand new boiler. This is the second largest locomotive on the Edaville Railroad. Built by Baldwin, 1913, she weighs 35 tons and like her sister, No. 8, originally ran on the Bridgton & Harrison Railroad in Maine. All Edaville locomotives
  • Locomotive
    No. 8, Edaville Railroad's largest locomotive, (38 tons, Baldwin, 1924) snapped on the main line. This loco formerly operated on Bridgton & Harrison RR in Maine.

  • Edaville Locomotives
  • Locomotive

South Carver, Massachusetts

It is with great pleasure that we publish this article on the Edaville Railroad Museum. We were visitors to this Museum last Summer (1959) and can assure you that a visit there will be a highlight in your life as it was in ours.

The article does not state the wonders of the Toy Train Collection; the Fire Engine; the Auto and Kentucky Rifle Museums. South Carver is in the Southeastern part of Massachusetts. --Elmer

It has been quite a while since I have written you about the doings here at Edaville and it seems to me this is a good time to 'report progress'.

1959 was good year for Edaville Railroad and Museum. About 225,000 passengers rode the narrow gauge trains on the 5 mile trip thru the Cranberry bogs. Christmas Festival was the best ever and the 'biggest' night 10,486 rode the trains. We had four trains running all afternoon and till almost mid-night to take care of the passengers. Trains running on a 7 minute headway made things look like sure enough old time railroading around here that night. Lots of coal smoke, steam and hot oil to smell. And that always smells good.

Edaville now has five steam locomotives. The four we have had ever since the road was built in 1946 and this past summer we rebuilt a small (12 ton) 30' gauge Forney type to 24' gauge. Did all the work here in the Edaville shops except pressing the drive wheels on the new axles. Didn't have heavy enough press for this, so the Boston and Maine very kindly helped out. That was a small job for them in their Billerica Shops.