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Two diesel locomotives of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, EMD BL2 No. 56 and EMD F3 No. 44, at Northern Maine Junction, February 5, 1970. Photo by Roger Puta

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No. 10 once provided power for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad's passenger train "The Aroostook Flyer", which traveled in northern Maine. The train was equipped with coach and a buffet lounge car, it did not have a diner or sleeping facilities.
Two diesel locomotives of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, EMD BL2 No. 56 and EMD F3 No. 44, at Northern Maine Junction, February 5, 1970. Photo by Roger Puta.
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No. 10 once provided power for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad's passenger train "The Aroostook Flyer", which traveled in northern Maine. The train was equipped with coach and a buffet lounge car, it did not have a diner or sleeping facilities.

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The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad (reporting mark BAR) was a former Class I U.S. railroad 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.

History
The company was incorporated in 1891 to combine the lines of the former Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad and the Bangor and Katahdin Iron Works Railway. It was based in Bangor and lines extended from there to Oakfield and Houlton in 1894. The line was extended from Houlton to Fort Fairfield and Caribou in 1895. A parallel branch line was extended from Oakfield to Ashland in 1896. A branch was built from Caribou to Limestone in 1897, and the main line extended from Caribou to Van Buren in 1899. The Ashland Branch was extended to Fort Kent in 1902. A southern extension was completed in 1905 through Northern Maine Junction to Searsport on Penobscot Bay. The Medford Cutoff from Packard to South Lagrange was completed in 1907; and a branch was built from Millinocket to a new paper mill in East Millinocket. Rails were extended up the Saint John River from Van Buren through Madawaska and Fort Kent to St. Francis in 1910; and Mapleton was connected to Stockholm and Presque Isle on the main line, and to Squa Pan on the Ashland branch. An international bridge was constructed over the Saint John River between Van Buren and St. Leonard, NB in 1915 to connect with the Canadian Pacific Railway and National Transcontinental Railway (later merged into the Canadian National Railway).

BAR began hauling potatoes in heated box cars in 1895. Potatoes provided a stable income source through the great depression, and provided 50% of the railroad's revenue following World War II. BAR had the 2nd largest United States railroad-owned reefer fleet (after Santa Fe) during the 1950s. BAR made an arrangement with Pacific Fruit Express whereby PFE reefers shipped Maine potatoes during winter months and BAR reefers carried California produce during the summer and autumn. While potatoes started moving by truck following completion of the Interstate Highway System into northern Maine in the 1960s, what actually resulted in the railroad losing its potato business forever was the Penn Central Transportation Company (PC), whose interchange service became so bad during the winter of 1969–70 that a large portion of the 1969 potato crop was spoiled by freezing when car heaters ran out of fuel. The claims process against PC was not resolved prior to PC's bankruptcy declaration the following June. As a result, several potato farms went out of business; and those that survived distrusted rail service and never returned to using the railroad.

Inbound chemicals and outbound paper from mills on the Penobscot River at Millinocket and East Millinocket were major revenue sources for the BAR from 1900. Another paper mill was built in Madawaska in 1925. Pulpwood and wood chips to the paper mills became increasingly important as potato loadings declined. The remote port facilities at Searsport were a preferred loading point for ammunition during World War II; and BAR transported heating coal and aircraft fuel to Loring AFB for Strategic Air Command bombers through the Cold War. BAR painted 2,500 box cars in the red, white and blue colors of the US flag during the 1950s. A less expensive oxide red paint scheme with large white reporting marks was adopted during the Vietnam War.

The line from Brownville Junction to Katahdin Iron Works was abandoned in 1922, but the rails remained in place until 1933. BAR passenger train service ended in 1961. Bus service, which began in 1936, continued with buses lettered for Bangor and Aroostook running on Greyhound Lines schedules between Aroostook County and New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal until 1984. The Greenville branch was dismantled from 1962 to 1964. Several Aroostook County segments were abandoned when potato traffic disappeared in the 1970s. In 1995, the BAR was acquired by Iron Road Railways. In 2002, the company was declared bankrupt, and in 2003 its lines were sold to Rail World, Inc., which initially incorporated them into the newly formed Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. In 2010, the 233 miles (375 km) of track from Millinocket north to the Canadian border were sold to the state of Maine for $20 million to be operated by Irving's Maine Northern Railway. MM&A kept the line from the Millinocket paper mills south to Searsport; after its 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment and bankruptcy, the line was sold to Fortress Investments as the Central Maine and Quebec Railway.

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Rolling stock

The Bangor and Aroostook rostered some 150 different steam locomotives over its history. Most were built by the Manchester Locomotive Works or the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), which absorbed Manchester in 1901. The most popular type was the 4-6-0, with nearly 60. Diesels began arriving in the late 1940s; general purpose types such as the EMD GP7 and EMD GP38 were common. Unusually, the BAR also rostered eight EMD BL2 "branch line" locomotives, precursors to EMD's GPs. Many first-generation diesels remained in operation on the BAR until they were museum pieces. In the 1950s its red, white, and blue boxcars attracted national attention.

List of Bangor and Aroostook Railroad locomotives
The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad (BAR) of northern Maine was at the northeastern tip of the United States rail network. Its location offered no bridge traffic between other railways, but required dependable service when winter weather made transportation difficult. Potato loadings peaked during winter months, and a fleet of ten-wheelers built by Manchester Locomotive Works provided reliable service through the early 20th century. Consolidations for the heavier winter freight service were built at other American Locomotive Company (ALCO) plants. Potato traffic remained relatively constant through the great depression, and declining bridge traffic revenues which brought insolvency to other railroads were irrelevant to BAR. BAR provided reliable paychecks attracting competent maintenance personnel, and continued to replace older engines with modern steam locomotives through 1945. As less fortunate railroads began replacing their worn-out steam power with modern diesel locomotives, BAR initially purchased a number of used modern steam locomotives from railroads converting to diesel power.

Steam locomotives
Number - Builder & Type - Date - Works number - Notes
1 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 12/95 - 1647 - ex No. 27 rebuilt 1915 to 4-4-0 No. 215
2 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 12/95 - 1648 - ex No. 28 rebuilt 1915 to 4-4-0 No. 216
3 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 1/96 - 1649 - ex No. 29 rebuilt 1921, sold to Woodstock Railroad No. 4
4 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 1/96 - 1650 - ex No. 30 rebuilt 1915 to 4-4-0 No. 214
10 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 5/94 - 1620 - ex No. 17 rebuilt 1922, scrapped 8/1929
11 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 5/94 - 1621 - ex No. 18 rebuilt 1921, scrapped 8/1929
12 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 6/94 - 1622 - ex No. 19 rebuilt 1924, scrapped 12/1930
13 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 6/94 - 1623 - ex No. 20 rebuilt 1923, scrapped 8/1929
20 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 6/99 - 1699 - ex No. 35 scrapped 12/1936
21 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 6/99 - 1700 - ex No. 36 scrapped 12/1936
30 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 8/99 - 1709 - ex No. 38 sold 1916
31 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 8/99 - 1710 - ex No. 39 sold 1917
32 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 10/99 - 1717 - ex No. 40 sold 1916
33 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 4/99 - 1697 - sold 1917
34 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 4/99 - 1698 - sold 1913
35 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 10/99 - 1718 - ex No. 41 sold 1917
36 - Manchester Locomotive Works 2-6-0 - 11/99 - 1719 - ex No. 42 sold 1917
50 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1788 - sold 8/1928 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad No. 17
51 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1789 - scrapped 1934
52 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1790 - sold 8/1928 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad No. 18
53 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1791 - scrapped 1935
54 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 7/01 - 1782 - ex No. 44 sold 1/1940 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad No. 19
55 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 3/02 - 26022 - scrapped 6/50
56 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 3/02 - 26023 - scrapped 1933
57 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 3/02 - 26024 - scrapped 8/1929
58 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 3/02 - 26025 - scrapped 2/1948
59 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 3/02 - 26026 - scrapped 1939
60 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 7/01 - 1783 - ex No. 45 sold 11/1939 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad No. 20
61 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1784 - ex No. 46 sold 4/1945 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad No. 61
62 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1785 - ex No. 47 scrapped 1938
63 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1786 - ex No. 48 scrapped 12/1930
64 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 8/01 - 1787 - ex No. 49 scrapped 4/1927
65 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 5/05 - 31137 - scrapped 6/1950
66 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 5/05 - 31138 - scrapped 12/1951
67 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 5/05 - 31139 - scrapped 5/1951
68 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 5/05 - 31140 - scrapped 5/1952
69 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 7/05 - 37518 - scrapped 1937
70 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 5/05 - 37519 - scrapped 1935
71 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 1/07 - 41434 - ex No. 78 scrapped 6/1950
72 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 10/05 - 38813 - scrapped 1929
73 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 10/05 - 38814 - scrapped 1935
74 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 10/05 - 38815 - scrapped 1929
75 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 10/05 - 38816 scrapped 5/1951
76 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 10/05 - 38817 - scrapped 1929
77 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 12/06 - 41433 - scrapped 1931
82 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 9/07 - 43362 - scrapped 1935
83 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 9/07 - 43363 - scrapped 1936
84 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 9/07 - 43364 - scrapped 1936
85 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 9/07 - 43365 - scrapped 5/1951
86 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 9/07 - 43366 - scrapped 1935
87 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 9/07 - 43367 - scrapped 1941
90 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 11/11 - 50547 - superheated 1926, scrapped 8/1951
91 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 11/11 - 50548 - superheated 1926, scrapped 12/1951
92 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 11/11 - 50549 - superheated 1927, rebuilt 1935, scrapped 5/1952
93 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 11/11 - 50550 - superheated 1917, rebuilt 1939, scrapped 6/1951
94 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 11/11 - 50551 - superheated 1928, scrapped 12/1951
95 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 11/11 - 50552 - superheated 1918, scrapped 5/1951
100 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 11/29 - 68218 - scrapped 1/53
101 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 11/29 - 68219 - scrapped 6/50
102 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 11/29 - 68220 - scrapped 6/50
103 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 11/29 - 68221 - scrapped 1/53
104 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 10/30 - 68525 - scrapped 6/50
105 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 10/30 - 68526 - scrapped 6/50
106 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 10/30 - 68527 - scrapped 1/53
107 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 10/35 - 68705 - scrapped 6/50
108 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 10/35 - 68706 - scrapped 1/53
109 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 2/45 - 73055 - scrapped 1/53
120 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 7/29 - 67987 - ex- New York, Ontario and Western Railway No. 452 purchased 6/1945, scrapped 6/1949
121 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 7/29 - 67989 - ex- New York, Ontario and Western Railway No. 454 purchased 6/1945, scrapped 6/1949
122 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 7/29 - 67994 - ex- New York, Ontario and Western Railway No. 459 purchased 6/1945, scrapped 6/1949
123 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 7/29 - 67995 - ex- New York, Ontario and Western Railway No. 460 purchased 6/1945, scrapped 6/1949
124 - ALCO Schenectady 4-8-2 - 7/29 - 67990 - ex- New York, Ontario and Western Railway No. 455 purchased 6/1945, scrapped 2/1948
140 - ALCO Rhode Island 4-6-0 - 10/06 - 41519 - superheated 1916, scrapped 3/1947
141 - ALCO Rhode Island 4-6-0 - 10/06 - 41520 - superheated 1915, scrapped 6/1950
142 - ALCO Rhode Island 4-6-0 - 10/06 - 41521 - superheated 1915, scrapped 5/1951
170 - ALCO Rhode Island 2-8-0 - 3/07 - 41522 - scrapped 5/51
171 - ALCO Rhode Island 2-8-0 - 3/07 - 41523 - scrapped 6/49
172 - ALCO Rhode Island 2-8-0 - 3/07 - 41524 - scrapped 5/51
180 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 10/14 - 54944 - wrecked 3/45
181 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 10/14 - 54945 - scrapped 8/51
182 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 10/14 - 54946 - scrapped 8/51
183 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 10/14 - 54947 - scrapped 8/51
184 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 10/14 - 54948 - scrapped 8/51
185 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 9/16 - 56742 - scrapped 8/51
186 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 1/21 - 62626 - scrapped 5/51
187 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 1/21 - 62627 - scrapped 3/47
188 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 1/21 - 62628 - scrapped 6/50
189 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 1/21 - 62629 - scrapped 5/51
190 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 1/21 - 62630 - scrapped 5/51
191 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 1/21 - 62631 - scrapped 5/51
192 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/24 - 65970 - scrapped 6/50
193 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/24 - 65971 - scrapped 8/51
194 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/24 - 65972 - scrapped 8/51
195 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/24 - 65973 - scrapped 5/51
196 - Baldwin Locomotive Works 2-8-0 - 3/13 - 39409 - ex-Boston and Maine Railroad No. 2684 purchased 8/1946, scrapped 6/50
197 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 3/13 - 53253 - ex-Boston and Maine Railroad No. 2692 purchased 8/1946, scrapped 12/47
200 - Grant Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 1876 - ex-Patten and Sherman Railroad No. 1 acquired 1901, scrapped 1908
201 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 5/84 - 1195 - ex-Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad No. 5, sold 1913
202 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 1/88 - 1368 - ex-Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad No. 8, scrapped 1911
203 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 9/93 - 1596 - ex No. 13 rebuilt 1921, scrapped 11/1930
204 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 9/93 - 1597 - ex No. 14 rebuilt 1919, scrapped 2/1941
205 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 10/93 - 1598 - ex No. 15 scrapped 1914
206 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 11/93 - 1617 - ex No. 16 rebuilt 1920, sold 1940
207 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 9/94 - 1624 - ex No. 21 rebuilt 1920, sold 1941
208 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 10/94 - 1625 - ex No. 22 scrapped 7/1923
209 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 1/84 - 1172 - ex-Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad No. 7 ,scrapped 1914
210 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 6/93 - 1592 - ex No. 9 rebuilt 1919, sold 1936
211 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 7/93 - 1593 - ex No. 10 rebuilt 1919, sold 11/1927 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad No. 16
212 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 8/93 - 1594 - ex No. 11 scrapped 1937
213 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 8/93 - 1595 - ex No. 12 sold 9/1936 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad 2nd No. 16
214 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 1/96 - 1650 - rebuilt from 2-6-0 No. 4 1915, scrapped 1923
215 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 12/95 - 1647 - rebuilt from 2-6-0 No. 1 1915, scrapped 1924
216 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 12/95 - 1648 - rebuilt from 2-6-0 No. 2 1915, scrapped 1924
220 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 10/95 - 1645 - ex No. 31 scrapped 1923
221 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-4-0 - 10/95 - 1646 - ex No. 32 scrapped 6/1924
230 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 2/95 - 1629 - ex No. 23 scrapped 7/33
231 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 3/95 - 1630 - ex No. 24 scrapped 8/25
232 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 5/95 - 1635 - ex No. 25 scrapped 7/24
233 - Manchester Locomotive Works 4-6-0 - 5/95 - 1636 - ex No. 26 scrapped 7/23
234 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 10/07 - 43369 - scrapped 1926
235 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 10/07 - 43370 - scrapped 1926
240 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 1/02 - 26742 - ex No. 60 scrapped 1928
241 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 1/02 - 26743 - ex No. 61 scrapped 1930
242 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 1/02 - 26744 - ex No. 62 rebuilt 1935, scrapped 11/50
243 - ALCO Manchester 4-6-0 - 1/07 - 41435 - ex No. 79 rebuilt 1935, scrapped 8/51
250 - ALCO Schenectady 4-6-2 - 8/27 - 67422 - scrapped 5/53
251 - ALCO Schenectady 4-6-2 - 8/27 - 67423 - scrapped 1953
252 - ALCO Schenectady 4-6-2 - 8/27 - 67424 - scrapped 3/45
253 - ALCO Schenectady 4-6-2 - 8/27 - 67425 - scrapped 12/53
254 - ALCO Schenectady 4-6-2 - 8/27 - 67426 - scrapped 12/53
300 - Manchester Locomotive Works 0-4-0 - 2/97 - 1656 - ex No. 37 sold 1917
310 - Manchester Locomotive Works 0-6-0 - 1/00 - 1726 - ex No. 43 sold 1917
311 - Manchester Locomotive Works 0-6-0 - 7/01 - 1766 - ex No. 54 sold 1916
320 - ALCO Manchester 0-6-0 - 3/05 - 31135 - ex No. 63 scrapped 1935
321 - ALCO Manchester 0-6-0 - 3/05 - 31136 - ex No. 64 scrapped 1935
322 - ALCO Manchester 0-6-0 - 7/05 - 37520 - ex No. 71 scrapped 1937
323 - ALCO Manchester 0-6-0 - 1/07 - 41431 - ex No. 80 scrapped 1935
324 - ALCO Manchester 0-6-0 - 1/07 - 41432 - ex No. 81 scrapped 1936
325 - ALCO Manchester 0-6-0 - 6/08 - 43368 - scrapped 1937
330 - ALCO Schenectady 0-8-0 - 11/28 - 67669 - scrapped 8/1951
335 - ALCO Schenectady 0-8-0 - 9/22 - 63439 - ex- Boston and Maine Railroad No. 614 purchased 2/1946, scrapped 6/1950
336 - ALCO Schenectady 0-8-0 - 9/22 - 63448 - ex- Boston and Maine Railroad No. 623 purchased 2/1946, scrapped 6/1949
337 - ALCO Schenectady 0-8-0 - 9/22 - 63454 - ex- Boston and Maine Railroad No. 629 purchased 2/1946, scrapped 6/1950
338 - ALCO Schenectady 0-8-0 - 9/22 - 63436 - ex- Boston and Maine Railroad No. 611 purchased 2/1946, scrapped 6/1950
340 - ALCO Schenectady 0-8-0 - 11/31 - 68599 - scrapped 5/53
341 - ALCO Schenectady 0-8-0 - 11/31 - 68600 - scrapped 5/53
400 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/37 - 69022 - scrapped 7/56
401 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/37 - 69023 - scrapped 12/53
402 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/37 - 69024 - scrapped 8/51
403 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/37 - 69025 - scrapped 7/56
404 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 11/37 - 69026 - scrapped 12/53
405 - ALCO Schenectady 2-8-0 - 3/45 - 73054 - scrapped 12/53

Diesel locomotives
After ALCO's Black Maria demonstrator failed to meet expectations while testing on the BAR, the company purchased Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) E7As for passenger service, NW2 yard switchers, F3A-B-A multiple units for heavy freight service, and unusual BL2s for branch line freight service in the late 1940s. After observing their performance, BAR sold the F3B units and purchased more flexible EMD GP7s for regular service. Steam locomotives were initially retained to meet the peak winter freight loads; but these were replaced by EMD GP9s seasonally leased to the Pennsylvania Railroad to handle summer ore traffic from the Great Lakes. BAR purchased the first EMD GP38s to replace its least satisfactory first-generation diesels prior to loss of the potato shipping business. Subsequent sale of their refrigerator car fleet idled the mechanical refrigeration maintenance shop force until BAR began purchasing and rebuilding used locomotives. Rebuilt locomotives were leased or sold to other railroads, and the rebuilding efforts preserved several earlier models for subsequent purchase by museums and heritage railways.

Number - Builder & Type - Date - Works number - Notes
10 - EMD E7A - 4/49 - 8417 - ex BAR No. 700 renumbered soon after arrival, re-geared for freight service 1961, and repainted BAR Freight blue. Noted for pulling the Named passenger train "Aroostook Flyer" from Bangor to Van Buren, ME. Traded to EMD in 1967 towards a New GP38.
10 - General Electric 65-ton - 11/50 - 30806 - ex- Fraser Papers No. 6 purchased 1972, sold 1974
11 - EMD E7A - 4/49 - 8615 - ex BAR No. 701 renumbered soon after arrival, re-geared for freight service 1961, and repainted BAR Freight blue, Noted for Pulling the named passenger train "Potatoland Special" a sleeper from Bangor to Van Buren, ME. Traded to EMD 1967, towards a New GP38.
20 - EMD NW2 - 4/49 - 8157 - ex No. 800 sold 1970 Philadelphia, Bethlehem & New England No. 26
20 - Montreal Locomotive Works S-3 - 3/54 - 76434 - ex- Fraser Papers No. 7 purchased 1972, sold 1975
20 - EMD GP7 - 1952 - ex-Santa Fe Railroad purchased 1991
21 - EMD NW2 - 4/49 - 8158 - ex No. 801 sold 1970 Philadelphia, Bethlehem & New England No. 28
21 - EMD GP7 - 1952 - ex-Santa Fe Railroad purchased 1991
22 - EMD NW2 - 4/49 - 8159 - ex No. 802 sold 1967 Republic Steel No. 906
22 - EMD GP7 - 1952 ex-Santa Fe Railroad purchased 1991
23 - EMD NW2 - 4/49 - 8160 - ex No. 803 sold 1967 Republic Steel No. 907
23 - EMD GP7 - 1952 - ex-Santa Fe Railroad No. 2206 purchased 1991
24 - EMD GP7 - 1952 - ex-Santa Fe Railroad No. 2023 purchased 1991
30 - General Electric - 1936 - 11785 - ex- New Haven Railroad No. 0901, traded to EMD 3/66
30 - EMD SW9 - 3/51 14103 ex- Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad No. 8935 purchased 1972, sold 1975
31 - General Electric - 1936 - 11786 - ex- New Haven Railroad No. 0902, scrapped 1957
31 - EMD SW9 - 3/51 - 14102 - ex- Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad No. 8934 purchased 1972, sold 1975
32 - General Electric - 1936 - 11787 - ex- New Haven Railroad No. 0903, scrapped 1965
32 - EMD SW9 - 3/51 14104 - ex- Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad No. 8936, purchased 1972
33 - General Electric - 1936 - 11788 - ex- New Haven Railroad No. 0904, scrapped 1962
33 - EMD SW9 3/51 - 14099 - ex- Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad No. 8931, purchased 1972
34 - General Electric - 1936 - 11789 - ex- New Haven Railroad No. 0905, traded to EMD 3/66
34 - EMD SW9 - 3/51 - 14106 - ex- Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad No. 8938, purchased 1972
35 - EMD SW9 - 3/51 - 14101 - ex- Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad No. 8933, purchased 1972
36 - EMD SW9 - 3/51 - 14108 - ex- Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad No. 8940, purchased 1972
37 - EMD SW9 - 2/51 - 14110 - ex- Pittsburgh, Chartiers and Youghiogheny Railroad No. 3 purchased 1972, sold 1975
38 - EMD SW9 - 12/52 - 17224 - ex- Pittsburgh, Chartiers and Youghiogheny Railroad No. 4 purchased 1972, sold 1975
39 - EMD SW9 - 9/53 - 18710 - ex- Pittsburgh, Chartiers and Youghiogheny Railroad No. 5 purchased 1972, sold 1975
40 - EMD F3A - 10/47 - 5170 - ex No. 500 scrapped 3/84
41 - EMD F3A - 10/47 - 5171 - ex No. 501 traded to EMD 9/67 towards the 3rd GP38, Sept, 1967
42 - EMD F3A - 10/47 - 5172 - ex No. 502,repainted original No. 502 and used as Heritage Unit for many years. Runs,Traction motors are out, but stored with it, in storage, Maine as of 2013 ( Oldest F3-A).
43 - EMD F3A - 10/47 - 5173 - ex No. 503 traded to EMD 9/67
44 - EMD F3A - 5/48 - 5174 - ex No. 504 sold 1986 Tri-State Historical, currently Restored as Lackawanna No. 663 and operates in PA, at Steamtown with sister No. 46 (ex 506) ( Oldest operating F3A with sister No. 664 ).
45 - EMD F3A - 5/48 - 5175 - ex No. 505 scrapped 3/84
46 - EMD F3A - 5/48 - 5180 - ex No. 506 sold 1986 Anthracite Railroads Historical Society minus engine, generator and other major components. Restored by ARHS using components from ATSF CF7 No. 2649, now in Lackawanna paint as No.  664. Works with Sister No.  44 ( ex 504) in PA. at Steamtown ( Oldest operating F3A with Sister No. 663).
47 - EMD F3A - 5/48 - 5181 - ex No. 507 rebuilt No. 49 in 1973, scrapped 11/84 at Derby shops.
50 - EMD BL2 - 3/49 - 8161 - ex No. 550 scrapped 4/84
51 - EMD BL2 - 3/49 - 8162 - ex No. 551 lightened by 10 tons for service on the Greenville Branch, scrapped 1993.
52 - EMD BL2 - 3/49 - 8163 - ex No. 552 As of 2014 operates as SNC No. 52 in passenger service pulling Super Domeliners at the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad, in NY.
53 - EMD BL2 - 3/49 - 8164 - ex No. 553 wrecked 9/1972
54 - EMD BL2 - 3/49 - 8165 - ex No. 554 sold 1986 Wayne County, Pennsylvania
55 - EMD BL2 - 3/49 - 8166 - ex No. 555 scrapped 1/84
56 - EMD BL2 - 4/49 - 8616 - ex No. 556 lightened by 10 tons for service on the Greenville Branch, currently under restoration at Saratoga & North Creek Railway in NY.
57 - EMD BL2 - 4/49 - ex No. 557 repainted original paint scheme in 1980 and named American Railfan. Currently on Static Display, Indoors, at the Cole transportation Museum in Bangor, ME., minus traction motors.
60 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9933 - ex No. 560
61 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9934 - ex No. 561 scrapped 1991
62 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9935 - ex No. 562 wrecked 1985
63 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9936 - ex No. 563
64 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9937 - ex No. 564
65 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9938 - ex No. 565
66 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9939 - ex No. 566 sold 1991 and last seen at MNNR in Minnesota in 2004, scrapped in 2005-6
67 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9940 - ex No. 567
68 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9941 - ex No. 568 to MMA
69 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9942 - ex No. 569
70 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9943 - ex No. 570
71 - EMD GP7 - 11/50 - 9944 - ex No. 571 to ACWR #710
72 - EMD GP7 - 8/52 - 9945 - ex No. 572 sold 1991 to MNNR
73 - EMD GP7 - 8/52 - 9946 - ex No. 573 painted Bicentennial red, white & blue in 1975, renumbered 1776 and named Jeremiah O'Brien TO MNNR.
74 - EMD GP7 - 8/52 - 9947 - ex No. 574 sold 1991 to MNNR
75 - EMD GP7 - 8/52 - 9948 - ex No. 575
76 - EMD GP9 - 6/54 - 19553
77 - EMD GP9 - 6/54  -19554 - became California Western Railroad No.  67 in 1998
78 - EMD GP9 - 6/54 - 19555
79 - EMD GP9 - 6/54 - 19556 - to MMA No.  79
80 - EMD GP9 - 6/54  -19557
81 - EMD GP38 - 2/66 - 31213 - renumbered No. 361
82 - EMD GP38 - 2/66 - 31214 - renumbered No. 358
83 - EMD GP38 - 3/67 - 33050 - renumbered No. 357
84 - EMD GP38 - 3/67 - 33051 - renumbered No. 365
85 - EMD GP38 - 3/67 - 33052 - renumbered No. 350
86 - EMD GP38 - 9/67 - 33199 - renumbered No. 352
87 - EMD GP38 - 9/67 - 33200 - renumbered No. 359
88 - EMD GP38 - 9/67 - 33201 renumbered No. 360
90 - EMD GP38 - 12/67 - 7076-3 - ex-Conrail No. 7662 purchased 1983, renumbered No. 354
91 - EMD GP38 - 12/67 - 7076-4 - ex-Conrail No. 7663 purchased 1983, renumbered No. 362
92 - EMD GP38 - 12/67 - 7076-5 - ex-Conrail No. 7664 purchased 1983, renumbered No. 355
93 - EMD GP38 - 1969 - 7151-1 - ex-Conrail No. 7661 purchased 1983, renumbered No. 353
94 - EMD GP38 - 1969 - 7154-2 - ex-Conrail No. 7666 purchased 1983, renumbered No. 366
95 - EMD GP38 - 1967 - ex-Missouri Pacific Railroad renumbered No. 363
96 - EMD GP38 - 1967 - ex-Missouri Pacific Railroad renumbered No. 356
97 - EMD GP38 - 1969 - ex-Missouri Pacific Railroad renumbered No. 364
98 - EMD GP38 - 1969 - ex-Missouri Pacific Railroad renumbered No. 351
600 - EMD F3B - 10/47 - 5176 - sold to Pennsylvania Railroad No. 9530B
601 - EMD F3B - 10/47 - 5177 - sold to Pennsylvania Railroad No. 9532B
602 - EMD F3B - 5/48 - 5178 - sold to Pennsylvania Railroad No. 9534B
603 - EMD F3B - 5/48 - 5179 - sold to Pennsylvania Railroad No. 9536B

See also:

Penn Central

Railroads of the U.S.A.