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Item 6018

Bangor Railway & Electric Co. No. 76

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print

Item 25089

Atlantic Shoreline Railway route, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1900 Location: Kennebunk Media: Postcard

Item 59764

Kittery to York Beach electric railroad lines, ca. 1923

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1923 Location: York; Kittery Media: Ink on paper


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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.


Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.


The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.

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Seashore Trolley Museum

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Western Maine Foothills Region - For The Love Of Paper - Page 4 of 4

… needed, as was additional supplies of steam and electricity, as well as an increased ability to recover chemicals.

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Western Maine Foothills Region - For The Love Of Paper - Page 2 of 4

Power now was in abundance such that electrical power was made available for many miles from its point of origin.