"More Than a Train Yard & a Whistle Stop" - Orders Accepted Now

Ken Hatchette's book, "More Than a Train Yard and a Whistle Stop: The Canadian Pacific Railway's Brownville Division 1886-1963" is ready for publication and you can order your copy NOW! The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society is taking pre-paid pre-publication orders until August 15th. Orders received with payment by this date will be delivered free of charge. If you live locally, a volunteer from the Society will deliver the book to you. If you live outside the local area, the book will be sent to you via media mail as soon as it is available. **This offer is valid only in the United States.*

Here are a few excerpts from the book to "wet your whistle"...

This story describes the many attributes the CPR brought to Brownville in the form of the installed infrastructure, the structures and buildings, their contents, and purposes. This story also identifies the job titles and descriptions of the managers and tradespeople that were employed or under contract by the CPR. Also included herein is a discussion of what the CPR did to maintain the loyalty of their employees and the favor of the townspeople by contributing grants, infrastructure and services either directly or through contributions to community service organizations.

As a result, the village of Brownville Junction became a thriving industrial community and one of the most culturally diverse regions of the country. Our own mini melting pot of humanity, if you will.

This record is intended to document the historical components currently missing from the grand history of the town by identifying and describing all…

Beginning in early 1886 James Ross selected Eder Eli Henderson, a 28 year old licensed surveyor and his crew to be employed under contract by the Canadian Pacific Railroad to survey, map and provide a detailed design of a… 

About this time frame the CPR got wind that a possible political crowbar slinging fest was about to begin regarding newly passed U.S. laws and regulations. CPR management in Montreal was not in the mood to have a roadblock thrown…

This piece of information validates the existence of an installed track cross or crosses at Henderson, thus putting to rest any doubt amongst debaters regarding the…

Beginning in 1886 the land tract had been grubbed, and graded to a gravel base by Canadian Pacific contractor companies employing both Canadian and American Employees.

Subsequent to the completion of the location plan, Henderson’s team began locating the underground utilities. These included potable water mains, sanitary…

Additionally, the CPR established corporate purchasing agreements with their largest suppliers of manufactured items. These commonalities are what allowed the CPR to maintain… 

 

If you have any interest in railroading or Brownville Junction or local history, you will want to purchase a copy of this amazing book!

You can order by sending $25.00 + $1.38 (sales tax) - or $26.38 - to Susan Worcester, 100 Williamsburg Road, Williamsburg Twp., ME 04414 or by stopping in at the Parish House Museum on Tuesday or Thursday between 10am and 2pm. A copy of the order form can be found in an article posted to TRC on August 1.

Delivery of the book is expected by mid September.