“chug along in an antique train”
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Maine’s two-foot gauge railways for the education and enjoyment of the public. The museum is open daily from May to October and seasonally for special events. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is located in the Old Port at the foot of Munjoy Hill in Portland’s East End. You can chug along Portland’s working waterfront in our antique train, enjoying stunning views of Casco Bay. Some of the sights you can expect to see are described briefly below. For links to more information on what you see from the train, see our Train View Links. The narrow gauge train runs along the same line where tracks originally built by the Atlantic & St. Lawrence RR (later Grand Trunk), connected Portland to Montreal, Quebec providing Canada an ice-free port on the east coast. Those tracks were replaced by two-foot gauge tracks to accommodate the museum’s train. The railroad museum is located in The Portland Company complex, established in 1846 as a locomotive foundry to build railroad equipment for the connection between Portland and Montreal and continued as a medium to heavy steel fabricator until 1978. The community across the harbor from the railroad is South Portland. One of the first things you may notice are the oil tanks along the shoreline. This is the terminus of the Portland – Montreal Pipeline where crude oil is offloaded from large tankers and transported to refineries in Quebec, Canada. Farther up the Fore River are more tanks where oil products for local consumption are stored.
All aboard! Take a ride on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and enjoy scenic views of the waterfront along Casco Bay.
The 35-minute train rides take you along Portland’s Eastern Promenade where you can enjoy amazing views from your comfortable seat. Afterwards, make sure to stop by the museum, where you’ll find vintage train cars, kid-friendly activities, and fun exhibits.
We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Portland, Maine!
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Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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