I'm Dan Welch. I grew up a long time ago not far from where the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad used to be. When I was a kid, I was into model trains like many other kids, and my first layout was the usual HO scale on a 4x8 sheet of plywood in the basement. At some point, I found a book in the school library on the SR&RL Railroad and checked it out. That was my introduction to the two-foot gauge railroad that once existed not far from our house, and I fell in love with it, checking the book out several times after that.
Back then I got my copies of Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman at a local drug store every month, and low and behold, I came across articles by Bob Hayden and Dave Frary who were modeling the Maine Two-Footers in HOn30 in the form of the fictional Carrabasset & Dead River Railroad.