There are places in northern Maine that are so isolated, nobody’s bothered to name them. In fact, many are referred to simply by letters and numbers. But deep in the middle of T16 R7 near the Allagash River sits two rusting steam engines that have no rational business being there. And of course, there’s a story behind them.

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Logging today is tough enough. 150 years ago it was a hell of a lot tougher. That was when men worked very long days for not-so-great wages, through cold, wet winters and scorching hot summers. They dropped huge trees and floated them down the river to the sawmills, while many were hauled with twin trains built for that specific purpose— and that still rest there today, a relic of a once flourishing trade.

It was a time when America was still in the building stages, and these were the men who broke their backs supplying the materials. The Abington Spring 2014 line is a tribute to them.

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