Keywords: Electric Railroad
The Somerset Railroad was completed in 1872. It started out as a dream to link the Maine Coast with Canadian businesses to the north. It ran from the North Woods around Moosehead Lake down to Southern Maine and back again for 56 years.
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.
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.
First electric railroad car in Bangor, 1889 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description The first electric…
Electric generator delivery, Presque Isle, 1959 Contributed by Oakfield Historical Society Description Chase Transport Corporation…