Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster) - 1898 - FIRST CAR TO SABATIS. It Went Over the Route on Friday Forenoon. Who Were in the Party and Something About the Trip.
The Sabatis line of the Lewiston, Bath and Brunswick electric road is sufficiently completed that a car passed over the road to within two miles of Sabatis Friday forenoon.
At eleven o'clock a gravel car left the head of Lisbon street... Everything was going smoothly and Supt. Farr said, “Boys, do you want a fast ride?” All on board allowed they did, and the superintendent let out another link of the manufactured lightning.
The car fairly flew down some of those long declines. People rushed to the windows to see the first car over the course. At the crossroad which leads to Wales an old gentleman who was riding to Lewiston caught sight of the newly constructed gravel car with its large black feed pipe, which resembles the smoke stack of a Spanish cruiser, coming toward him like the wind. The old gentleman gave one glance at the oddlooking object with its crew, and quickly turned his horse and ran him for life toward the Wales road. He crossed the track, and after driving about 100 yards out on top of a hill, stopped, stood bolt upright and watched the car out of sight.
Whether he was himself alarmed or was afraid that his horse would be is not for the writer to say but it certainly was a queer sight...
...cars will seat 85 people and as many as 200 has been known to ride comfortably on one...
The round trip with a ten-minute stop at the gravel pit was made in forty minutes.
Lewiston Evening Journal
July 15, 1898
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