Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast,
Museums include the
Wells Antique Auto
Museum on Route One
in Wells, the Portland
Narrow Gage Train
Museum and steam
train rides, the
Museum and trolley
rides in Kennebunk, the
Museum, and the Owls
Head Antique Air
Museum in Rockland.
A few miles south, a collector in 1946 took on the rebuilding of a 1907 Stanley Steamer and this
project has grown into more than 80 antique automobiles at the Auto Museum in Wells. The
collection now includes five Steamers and other vintage brass headlamp antiques many dating to
before 1915. the collection includes antique coin games, arcade memorabilia, and nickelodeons.
If your passion runs to steam trains rather than autos or trolleys, a short drive north along the coast will
take you to The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum with tracks along Casco Bay in the
beautifully restored waterfront district of Portland. Here crews run daily passenger trains past the old
forts, ship terminals, and lighthouses of Portland Harbor.
Crews fired up the Museum's four steam locomotives for special events and holiday weekends. A
huge hit with train buffs is the "Guest Engineer" program where weekend visitors learn how to run the
locomotive. They then run the steam engine up and down the tracks along the bay.
On the southern part of the coast the Seashore Trolley
Museum in Kennebunkport is the first big transportation
Museum coming from the south.
Trolley cars from the 1910s and up have been collected and
shipped to a pasture on the Maine cost that became the
Seashore Trolley Museum.
On Maine's coast you can visit a few of these antique
transportation museums located on or near coastal Route
Nearby there are beaches, amusement rides, ocean-side
golfing, and outlet shopping malls.
Trout fishing or salt water fishing or sailing, Maine's south
coast has hundreds of miles of shoreline with beaches and
estuarine marsh between Kittery in the south and Camden in
the north Most Inns are open from mid-May to
mid-September with some staying open year round, others
close at the end of foliage season in mid October.
Step back into the 1920s and ride on
an antique electric car at the oldest
trolley museum in the world. The
electrified rail cars from the world
including cars from Toronto,
Auckland, London and Tokyo,
making it not only the oldest trolley
museum in the world but also the
The first car came to the site in 1939
Car No. 31, a 60-seat open model
built by J.G. Brill in 1900 became the
nucleus of this collection.
The museum gives passengers a
memorable ride over tracks that first
operated in 1893.
Trains, planes, and automobiles,
the old ones have gone to pasture
in coastal Maine
On mid coast Maine you can find
World War I airplanes at the
Owls Rockland, wood sailing
ships at the Shipbuilding
Museum in Bath, brass lamp
Stanley Steamers at the Auto
Museum at Wells, narrow gage
steam engines at the Maine
Narrow Gage Railroad
Museum in Portland, antique
electric trains at the Seashore
Trolley Museum in
Kennebunkport, and antique
Schooners still sailing the bays
out of Camden.
You can spend the day riding the cars while volunteer train crews dressed in period uniforms will relate
the history of the restored cars.
Along the southern part of this coast you will find sand beaches like Old Orchard and amusement parks like
Saco's Funtown, York's Wild Kingdom, the 1879 Nubble Lighthouse and the malls of Kittery with a one-mile
stretch of factory outlets in a shoppers theme park.
For a walk in a nature preserve go to the seven miles on the estuary at the Wells National Estuarine
Research Preserve. Biologists conduct educational programs where they encourage young visitors to
take part in the research studies including the banding and release of some of the 250 bird species that
visit the reserve.
The outlet mall town of Freeport is
just north of Portland Maine on the
coast. Famous for 24 hour L.L.Bean
sports outfitter shopping, the area
also has nature preserves.
Transportation Museums include
restoration of trolley cars at The Seashore
Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast
include Antique Auto, boat, train, airplane, and
Transportation Museums of the south Maine Coast
include the steam trains at Portland, the Trolley
Museum at Kennebunk, and the Wells Antique
Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast are near
enough to the outlet town of Freeport to offer something
for everyone in the family.
South of Freeport on Route One find the Wells Antique
Auto Museum, the Portland steam trains of Maine Narrow
Gage, and the Seashore Trolley Museum at Kennebunk.
How to Reach the Maine Coast From Boston Go north on Route I-95 to Portsmouth New Hampshire.
and then Maine. The first coastal town will be Kittery
Auto Europe selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. Shop
online well ahead of your trip and choose air, hotel or auto in the US.
www.wellsbeach.com www.sea-vucampground.co www.mainecampgrounds.com
www.wellsreserve.org www.trolleymuseum.org http://mngrr.rails.net
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