26166447 1755340927843716 3163714124451084122 nBangor Aroostook Logo 1918The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad (reporting mark BAR) was a United States railroad company that brought rail service to Aroostook County in northern Maine. Brightly painted BAR box cars attracted national attention in the 1950s. First-generation diesel locomotives operated on BAR until they were museum pieces. The economic downturn of the 1980s coupled with the departure of heavy industry from northern Maine forced the railroad to seek a buyer and end operations in 2003.


Though the BAR was a relatively minor player in the reefer trafficing, there are some interesting tidbits worth noting. I've learned through several former employees that a lot of the BAR traffic from Maine was routed west, then down the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) to their produce terminal at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. In fact, that was the route used by their notorius potatoes bound for Philadelphia. They interchanged from the D&H to the PRR at Harrisburg.

Freight Equipment

1950 -- One popular BAR scheme featured red, white and blue stripes and featured the slogan "STATE OF MAINE" with either "PRODUCTS" or "POTATOS" below. Reefers were used in potato traffic during the warmer months but box cars were often sufficient during other months.

The BAR also had a number of wood reefers in the 6000-6999 number series. According to a source on the Atlas Forum this was the RS class of various 40' wood reefers with steel fishbelly underframes. They were purchased second hand from MDT in 1950 and had original build dates of 1926. Most were retired between 1955 and 1964.

Known to be correct for @ 1950:
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