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Historical Items

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Item 15929

Railroad Car #12, Sanford

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Sanford Media: Print from Glass Negative

Item 80012

Men on Railroad Hand Car, Princeton, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Princeton Public Library Date: circa 1900 Location: Princeton Media: Photographic print

Item 18505

Bangor and Aroostook Railroad office car, Burnt Hill, c. 1990

Contributed by: Oakfield Historical Society Date: circa 1990 Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 74962

Car Repair Shop, Thompsons Point, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: The Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad Use: Car Repair Shop

Item 53349

84-184 Fore Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Canadian National Railroad Use: Car Inspectors Building

Online Exhibits

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A Field Guide to Trolley Cars

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.


Student Exhibit: Somerset 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.


Trolley Travel

Trolleys were the cleanest and most efficient means of mass transit Maine has ever known.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - First electric railroad car in Bangor, 1889

First electric railroad car in Bangor, 1889 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description The first electric…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Railroad Station

In that same year, ferries began carrying train cars across the Kennebec River to the Knox and Lincoln railroad line that ran from Woolwich to…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Aroostook Valley Railroad

The two trolley cars are “combine” cars as they have two compartments, one for passengers and one for baggage and express freight.

My Maine Stories

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An enjoyable conference, Portland 2021
by John C. Decker, Danville, Pennsylvania

Some snippets from a 4-day conference by transportation historians in Portland, September 7-11, 2021


Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis

The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.


The Village Cafe - A Place We Called Home
by Michael Fixaris

The Village Cafe was more than a restaurant. It was an extension of our homes and our families.