oat324 wrote:Check this out. The owner of this yard lined their garden with old rail from the Knox Railroad.That's rather unique. The lantern hanging from the little evergreen tree in the middle also suggests somebody was trying for "railroady decor."
At first glance, the length of rail nearest the road almost looks heavier than anything the Knox might have used, but zooming in on it, I guess it could be 75-lb.
It never dawned on me until now why Union would have a Depot St., when the town is quite a ways from any MEC territory, or from where the Kennebec Central ran. I love it when I can learn something without having to get off the couch.
BTW, some maps today still show a line running from the Rockland Branch at Warren; I've seen that on some cell phone coverage maps. I think the place where the line crossed what is now U.S. Rt. 1 might be a power line r-o-w. Other than a few places like that, I don't think there are many hints that there was ever a railroad there.
Darn it, there were presentations on the Georges Valley/Knox and the Lime Rock in November at the Warren and Rockland Historical Societies, and I didn't find out about those until today.
Google "Doodlebug" and "Rockland," and you'll get a link to the book Rockland Area Lime Industries, with a few lines about the GV/Knox.