This is the American Pulman car that sets next to the can. The DENTED CAN is from Sweeden and has different bearings and couplers and thus is only licensed to be operated on the 33 miles of Belfast and Moosehead Lake RR tracks. It is in its last location as far as I am concerned.
The DC made it's way to the USA in the early 90's when a local Train enthusiast bought a pre WWII steam locomotive and several cars that all came by boat to Maine. The locomotive, then was named "The Spirit of Unity". It had been mothballed before the war into a mountain tunnel and sealed up in fear of the possibility that Hitler would overrun Sweeden. The locomotive was used as a tourist train for several years but upon the death of the engineer, Bill Lynch, who was a good friend of mine, the engine failed to get proper winter protection and the boiler froze up . It was then sold to a museum down south somewhere and the attendent cars remained behind and they now operate again as a tourist train pulled by more modern equipment. Ther was no use for the boxcars so They were sold and luckily I was able to obtain this fine specimen of a 40's era boxcar.
Thorndike was, at one time in the 1860's, the center of most all social and economic activity for Walso county memorialized these days at the Farwell museum just across the tracks from THE CAN. This facility is Worth a visit !!
The toy horse was my childhood means of conveyance that would actually glide along as I pumped the stirrups . THE CAN is decorated in a cowboy theme honoring the 50's childhood American obsession of our entire country. "don't fence me in !!!"