Vienna Historical Society
Preserving the History of Vienna and Mount Vernon, Maine

Maine Central Railroad

George F. Melvin
June 27, 2008

Vienna Historical Society


2008 Summer Lecture Series

Maine Central Railroad

Operations in the

Central Maine Area



George F. Melvin

Author and Railroad Historian from Readfield

Presentation will include images from Mr. Melvin’s newest book

Maine Central in Color-Volume 3


Friday, June 27— 7:00 p.m. at the Vienna Union Hall

Free Admission – Refreshments Served

Stage Drivers with Ties to Vienna and Mount Vernon

                                                                Collection of Norma Wing
       Sherman Webber Drives the Stage to Readfield Depot

Alfred W. "Willie" Bourne drove the stage from Readfield Depot to Mount Vernon and North Vienna, where he met and married Elena Comstock in 1898.  They resided in Readfield.

Sherman Webber - Mount Vernon - Early 1900s
Will Chesley - Mount Vernon - First to use motor vehicle
Waldo White - Mount Vernon - 1933-36
Carroll Cooper - Vienna - 1937-41
Lora White - Mount Vernon - 1941-57




                                   Readfield Depot

George Melvin has nearly a lifetime experience with railroading.  His interest started early while growing up in Richmond, Maine.  By age fourteen, he was beginning to photograph trains, and by the end of high school, knew he wanted to work on the railroad.  Melvin began in 1967 as an Agent-Trainee on the Maine Central Railroad at age eighteen.

            For three years, Melvin worked all over Central Maine, and also to the east as far as Mattawamkeag and to the west into Vermont.  In 1970, he landed the position of Agent in Oakland, a position he held for seven years.  Melvin continued with the MCRR after it became part of Guilford Transportation Industries, then in 1996 he switched to the St. Lawrence & Atlantic, formerly the Grand Trunk Railway.  Melvin retired in January 2008, after 41 years on the railroad.

            Melvin began writing about railroading in 1975, when he collaborated with Dave Albert on New England Diesels.  He has since authored five more volumes on railroading.  He continues to write and also is a dealer in railroad collectibles, along with his wife, Kathy, who is the owner of Melvin Photos.

Books by George F. Melvin

·        Central Vermont Railway in Color

·        Maine Central in Color Vol. 1, 2, 3

·        New England Diesels

·        Trackside Grand Trunk (New England Lines)

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