Alexander Seal

70.51 Bartlett

After the closing of Lancaster enginehouse and shop facilities in 1933, Bartlett, N.H. became the focal point of activitiy on the Mountain Subdivision. The small terminal became a busy place in the early 1940's and soon experienced an increase in traffic after the country plunged into war.

Bartlett was a compact terminal. To the west of the station lay the upper yard and enginehouse, the centre of activity. A three track yard with a capacity of 56 cars was situated on the north side of the mainline and the six stall enginehouse and service tracks were on the south side. The lower yard, and its three tracks, located to the east of the station, had a capacity of 84 cars.

To service and care for the power, a substantial number of men were stationed at this mountain terminal. The enginehouse and car foreman supervised 16 men on three shifts at the engine house and car shop. When one included the station, freighthouse, section crew, signal maintainers, and train crews, Bartlett boasted a force of about 50 men.

When SW9 335 arrived in January 1954, the last 2-8-2 in standby helper duty was shipped to Waterville, totally dieselising the Mountain Sub. Barlett closed in 1958.

Track scale.

Freight Shed

In the fall of 1958, the Bartlett freight shed was modified and became the freight office until 1962 when the Agent's position was abolished. Thereafter it served as headquarters for a Track Supervisor, a Track Welder and a Car Repair Man. Elwood Dinsmore held the position for years. He traveled the entire division correcting car problems big and small.

Albany Avenue Crossing

The crossing had to be flagged by the train crew between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Upper Yard

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Bartlett Enginehouse

Originally six stalls, it was built by the Portland & Ogdensburg, the MEC predecessor in 1887. The turntable was too small to handle the four Alco-built 2-6-6-2 Mallets that arrived from the B&M in 1911 and 1912 so the turntable was removed and the wye at Albany Ave. was completed.

Two lead tracks fanned out through a series of switches to enter the six stalls of the enginehouse. To one side of the service tracks, work car sidings and car shop track. The servicing facilities consisted of an electric coal conveyer and adjacent coal hopper track, a sand house ash pit and loader and a water tank which also fed a standpipe located between the mainline and passing track.

 

Two stalls on the left were removed in 1950 and after Bartlett closed as a terminal in 1958, the building was sold to the state and used for Highway Dept. salt and sand storage. A preservation effort is under way for the historical structure by the Bartlett Roundhouse Preservaton Society. It will soon be added to the listing of State of New Hampshire Historical Places.

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