Transportation Museums of Maine, Mid Coast Narrow Gage
Maine Coast Transportation Museums:
The Narrow Gage Railroad Museum at Portland offers
steam train rides as does the Sandy River Railroad
Museum at Alna near Wiscasset, the W,W& F
At Portland's Narrow Gage Railroad Museum, crews fire
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 they introduce weekend
visitors to the firebox, the injectors, the water glass, the
blowers, and the cylinder blocks while an Engineer teaches
the visitor how to run the locomotive. The guest then takes
the throttle and runs the steam engine up and down the
tracks along the bay. They don't haul passengers
North of Portland you come to the shipbuilding town of Bath and the Maine Maritime Museum, once the
home of the Percy and Small Shipyard. Visitors can see the caulker's shed, joiner shop, mold loft, and the
tree nail shop where once square riggers took shape including the largest ever built, the six-masted
There are marine models and paintings in the museum's gallery.
A little further north, you find the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway, a rebuilt narrow gage
rail line last run commercially in June of 1933. Over the years 700 volunteers have faithfully restored the
buildings, station, and rolling stock and have found one of the original narrow-gage steam engines that
operated on the line in the 30s. Each summer weekend they haul passengers on over a mile of track built
on the old right of way that once brought lumber and coal to the mills, potatoes, mail, and shoppers to the
seaport of Wiscasset.
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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
Transportation Museums of Maine include the Mid Coast's two
Narrow Gage Narrow Railroad Museums, one at Portland and anther
In the same region, the Bath Shipbuilding Museum displays wood boat
building on Maine's Mid Coast.
Transportation Museums of
Maine include the Mid Coast's
Narrow Gage Railroad
Museum anther at Alna.