Keywords: trolley tracks
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Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society
Date: circa 1905
Media: Print from Glass Negatives
Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum
Date: circa 1912
Location: Cape Elizabeth
Contributed by: Kennebunkport Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: Photographic print
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.
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.
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.
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Like the railroads, trolley lines connected with one another, allowing passengers to travel greater distances.
Trolley Car Nos. 70 and 71 as well as engine #52 from the Aroostook Valley Railroad are on display there.
The arrival of the train, and later the trolley, allowed residents greater flexibility of travel, opened up greater trade opportunities, and made it…