This one is for all you train aficionados out there!
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum is one tourist attraction that Rhe’s son Jack would love. And also Dr. Sheldon Cooper, from the Big Bang Theory. Located on Portland’s waterfront, the museum is dedicated to the preservation of Maine’s two-foot gauge railways for the education and enjoyment of the public. Funded in 1993, this organization contains a collection of rolling stock and artifacts from the two feet narrow gauge railways that ran in Maine in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
The trains, called Maine Two-Footers, were originally designed and built to carry people and products through Maine’s mountainous interior. The five narrow gauge trains that once operated in Maine, ran in rural areas on lines that ran through woods and carried passengers, farming materials, lumber and some manufacturing goods
The museum and railroad are housed in a 7,500-square-foot space in the Portland Company complex on Fore Street. In addition to exhibits, the organization operates a 1½ mile long railroad that runs along the waterfront of Casco Bay and parallels Portland’s Eastern Promenade. A variety of restored locomotives and coaches are used in running the train.
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum is moving ahead with
plans to leave Portland’s waterfront. Most of the operations are scheduled to move to Gray in 2016, but rides may be offered in Portland until 2023. The new location in Gray is an easy ride from Portland but is more central to other population centers, such as the Sebago Lake region, Freeport and Lewiston-Auburn.
The museum is open Saturdays through Thursdays from May to October (closed Fridays).