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Summer, Sand, and Steam...

- The story and lost past of the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad's early years.

Summer, Sand, and Steam...
is the story of the CP&LE Railroad and the people and the locomotives who worked along it’s right of way. It is an attempt to capture in words and photographs the romance and color which the CP&LE has meant for the author. All information and photos in this assortment respectively belong to Rick Faber, a man who himself has a long history with Cedar Point. Mr. Faber contacted me and graciously let me receive it in the form of 2 very large books containing photos, personal letters, correspondence's between companies the locomotive's came from such as Carbon Limestone, and much else. This information IS the lost history of the CP&LE and has answered many questions. Now it is here for everyone to enjoy. Let’s all be thankful that it has been tucked safely away with Mr. Faber for all these years…

- I speak for everyone that will ever enjoy it,
Thank You Rick.

The idea for a scenic railroad at Cedar Point was conceived in 1959 when George A. Roose, president of Cedar Point, Inc., made a trip to Disneyland. There he saw a narrow gauge oil-burning steam locomotive pulling a string of open-air excursion cars around the perimeter of the park. The engine was a 2-4-4 Baldwin which had been built in 1898 for a sugar cane plantation in Louisiana. Two years later, Mr. Roose purchased Maud L., a twin sister of the locomotive he had seen at Disneyland.

Mr. Roose came back to Cedar Point with the plan-- a plan to build an elevated railway around the entire midway area. But the board of directors turned the proposal down. There were others within the corporation who were mapping out a railroad along the bay shore. The had even leased a little 30’’ gauge locomotive from the Patout Plantation in Patoutville, La. And had it brought to Cedar Point. The engine was a 1909 Porter product named Ida P., No.4. Both sides had their plans and after Maud L. arrived at Cedar Point in late 1961, both sides had their own engines.

Again Mr. Roose presented the board with his proposal: to build for the 1962 season a 2-mile railroad on his own and lease the right of way from Cedar Point, Inc. Again he was turned down. Frustrated, he began to consider taking Maud L. to another location and building a little railway there.

But by the summer of 1962, things had changed. the directors were now more receptive to Mr. Roose’s idea. The privately owned railway was given the go ahead and work began shortly thereafter. And so begins the story of the Cedar point & Lake Erie Railroad.

Many people from all over he country have helped in compiling the material contained in these volumes. Most of their names appear throughout the text. In particular, I wish to thank Jack Foster, CP&LE superintendent; George A. Roose; Robert E. Brodhead, Controller of the Cleveland Browns; and Arthur LaSalle, President of the American Railroad Equipment Association.

To be Continued...

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2006, John Marhesic, All Rights Reserved. version2.1
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