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.
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.
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.
… Clergue purchased a 10-ton locomotive Manchester Locomotive Works, the same company that had built the locomotive for the Mount Washington Cog…
… the cog from turning backwards, and sending the locomotives hapless riders and the locomotive crashing down the mountain, a small ratchet was…
“Mountain climbing” locomotives were developed in the 1870’s by Sylvester Marsh. In the 1880’s, Mount Desert Island had a “Mountain climbing”…