The K&DR is one of the
Construction began on the SRRR from an interchange with the standard gauge Maine Central at
Meanwhile, the Phillips and Rangeley Railroad had been chartered in 1889 to form another extension of the
In 1908, there was a major consolidation of the
What is not so well documented [OK, so I made this bit up] is that in 1912, the MEC attempted to close down the Kingfield to Bigelow line. Pressure from lumbering interests in the area, notably mill owners Maxcey & Wing saw ownership of the old K&DR reverting to the lumber barons who initially chartered the line, and for whom the supply of timber to their mills at and near Kingfield, was totally reliant on the railroad.
After some wrangling with the MEC, in 1913 the K&DR entered into an interchange agreement with the SR&RL which saw handoff of passenger traffic between the two lines at Kingfield, and traffic rights allowing SR&RL engines and freight traffic over the K&DR in exchange for the lease of SR&RL equipment by the K&DR as needed.
During this period, the K&DR started to acquire some equipment of its own. Pride of the fleet was
World War One brought brisk business to the SR&RL, with the pulpwood accounting for most of the traffic. The K&DR also prospered on the coat-tails of its larger brother. Today, in 1919, traffic levels on both roads are at the highest level ever recorded, and the future is looking bright for the continued operation of both the SR&RL & K&DR.