This is quite the engine, at 2-8-8-4, it is even bigger than my beloved ‘Big Boy‘. Plus, now with all of the modern electronics it quite literally comes with all the bells (6 variants) and whistles (16). It will cost $500, but most enthusiasts would deem that a fair price. Will I be getting one. Highly doubt it. I do not have the layout or the right equipment to activate all the bells and whistles. I don’t even use my ‘Big Boy’ — though I just gave it a quick spin when I took this picture. I just wanted to share this new engine with YOU. Enjoy.
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A wonderful place. We wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else (unless they are closed for the Winter, as was the case when we went up in March last year). That we have stayed there 8-times and are already planning to go should be endorsement enough. It has a palpable, upbeat but soothing atmosphere. You feel ‘on-top-of-the-world’ and it isn’t just that you are high up. That helps.
You can’t beat the location. You can be within the Park, on the famous Loop Road, in less than 2-minutes! Ditto for the Hannaford’s in Bar Harbor. Extremely friendly, obligingly and pleasant staff. We now consider many of them friends, and they us. We look forward to seeing them.
It is not the height of luxury and parts of it show its (considerable) age. But the three rooms we have stayed in have been very comfortable, more spacious than normal and commanded compelling views. And all the rooms, moreover, come with a fridge and microwave. But, you don’t have to worry about making your own breakfast. A ‘buffet’, DIY hot breakfast is included. We always start our day with that. Oh, did I mention the HEATED swimming pool that I make use of, much. Plus. this year they have upgraded their Wi-Fi (which was never that bad to begin with). So, that was an added bonus. Fast, reliable Internet.
You have to check it out. Yes, we have only stayed in the more (maybe most) expensive rooms — but they have, nonetheless, still been affordable and competitive.
Unreserved kudos. Stay in one of the refurbished rooms and you will love it.