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Trolleys Master Maine's Landscape

Long Beach, York, ca. 1920

Long Beach, York, ca. 1920

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Seashore Trolley Museum

With more than 40 inches of precipitation a year, almost 3,500 miles of coastline, and some 30,000 square miles of territory, Maine's rugged climate and abundant waterways have always presented challenges – and opportunities – for public transportation.

Each technological innovation – whether from horse-drawn streetcar to electric streetcar or sailing ship to steam ship -- offered unique strengths and limitations.

No one form of public transportation could serve all needs by itself. The key to success was integration.