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Until the mid 50's, steam dominated the notch, with helper / pusher service being provided by the engine facilities at Bartlett. The extra power returned light, backing down through the notch to Bartlett. Helpers were often 2-8-0's or 2-8-2's, but in 1912 the MeC purchased four 2-6-6-2's from the B&M for use in the mountain division. With a 77' wheelbase, these locomotives exceeded the length of the turntable at Bartlett, so the pit was filled in and the turntable replaced with switches. One stall of the engine house was extended to handle the longer locomotives. Turning was accomplished on the nearby wye.

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