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Historical Items

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Item 5939

The Geo. J. Magee steam locomotive

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1875 Media: Albumen print

Item 5921

The Presumpscot

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Location: Portland Media: Albumen print

Item 8639

Locomotive, Wiscasset engine house, 1931

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Wiscasset; Portland; Wiscasset; Portland Media: Photoprint

Exhibits

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J.A. Poor and the Portland-Montreal Connection

John A. Poor's determination in 1845 to bring rail service to Maine and to make Portland the winter port for Montreal, along with the steel foundry he started to build locomotives and many other products, helped boost the economy of Portland the state.

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A Field Guide to Trolley Cars

Many different types of trolley cars -- for different weather, different uses, and different locations -- were in use in Maine between 1895-1940. The "field guide" explains what each type looked like and how it was used.

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History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways

Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Green Mountain Railroad By: Spenser Simis

… Clergue purchased a 10-ton locomotive Manchester Locomotive Works, the same company that had built the locomotive for the Mount Washington Cog…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Green Mountain Railroad By: Spenser Simis

… the cog from turning backwards, and sending the locomotives hapless riders and the locomotive crashing down the mountain, a small ratchet was…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Green Mountain Railroad By: Spenser Simis

“Mountain climbing” locomotives were developed in the 1870’s by Sylvester Marsh. In the 1880’s, Mount Desert Island had a “Mountain climbing”…