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Historical Items

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Item 15867

Laying Trolley Tracks, Sanford, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Sanford Media: Print from glass negative

Item 28802

The Gateway at the Cape Casino, Cape Elizabeth, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1912 Location: Cape Elizabeth Media: Postcard

Mystery Corner Item

Item 104872

Men clearing snow for a trolley, ca. 1920

Mystery Corner Item Do you know where this was taken?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1920 Media: Glass Negative

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.


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.


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.

Site Pages

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Transportation Through the Years - Page 2 of 4

"Like the railroads, trolley lines connected with one another, allowing passengers to travel greater distances."

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Aroostook Valley Railroad

"Trolley Car Nos. 70 and 71 as well as engine #52 from the Aroostook Valley Railroad are on display there."

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Transportation Through the Years - Page 1 of 4

"The arrival of the train, and later the trolley, allowed residents greater flexibility of travel, opened up greater trade opportunities, and made it…"