The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving the few surviving examples of late 1800?s narrow-gauge railways and trains. In those days, the rails used in operation were only separated by two feet, hence the term ?narrow?. Admission to the museum is free when visitors avail of train tickets that would let you enjoy a short but wonderful train ride from the Eastern Promenade and all the way past Casco Bay. The train moves at a relaxing pace, thus allowing the passengers to fully take in the breathtaking views of the island. The historic train is powered by diesel or steam locomotives and follows the exact route used in 1846 and which linked Montreal and Portland. Throughout the ride, visitors would be entertained with the fascinating history of the state?s narrow gauge railways by the museum?s competent conductors and guides.
Once you?ve reached the museum, take the time to enjoy the fine architecture of its building as well. The structure was one of Portland Company?s assembly buildings in the 1800?s. It was used to manufacture different metal products well until the 1980?s.
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