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.
The two large locos. were fitted out with complete new boilers last year, now the three small locos. are also getting new boilers. First of the three now finished and is expected to get her first run under steam the first of next week. Boilers for other two locos. about finished and all five engines will be ready for service by the time daily running starts on Memorial Day week-end. We are also building five new open or summer cars in our shops so Edaville has been quite a busy place all winter.
Mr. Blount, Owner of Edaville Railroad, is a life long lover of steam engines of all kinds, locomotives in particular. In addition to the five running on the line here, he is acquiring for preservation and display all the steam locomotives he can find. At present he owns 14 standard gauge and 8 narrow gauge engines which have run their last mile in revenue service. One possible exception to the last statement. One of the last engines acquired is a 60 ton, 30' gauge 2-8-0 Baldwin just received from Mexico, where it was used on a narrow gauge line running out of Saltillo. This is an outside frame loco. and it's just possible it may be narrowed to 24' gauge and be given a new lease of life here on the Edaville. This is more dream than promise at the moment, but she is a little beauty and is quite peacefully resting along side the diesel streamliner 'Flying Yankee' along side the main line of the Edaville at the yard limits on the way out to Cranberry Junction where the parking lots are located and where all Edaville train trips start. Two of the standard gauge locomotives and five of the narrow gauge ones are on display here at Edaville, along with one Case 45 HP. steamer, two steam rollers, four steam fire engines, one European portable double cylinder engine, one 1885 steam dredge, oil field steam pumping engine and jack, 1905 White steam auto, needing some restoration, several miscellaneous model steam operated locos, and stationary engines in the Museum and one very nice Cagney 17 inch gauge 4-4-0 Amusement Park steam locomotive.
Nine of the standard gauge and one narrow gauge locos. are on display at Pleasure Island, a new Amusement Park north of Boston on Hwy. 128, just opened last summer. Side tracks in the park makes it easy to display them there, while all engines, etc., have to be brought in to Edaville by trucks, as we are 5 miles from nearest railroad. Up there Blount also has a dozen std. cars, both passenger and freight, a Frick steamer, steam roller and a steam fire engine. But that's another story.