CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

May 9, 2013

National Train Day


Carriage Towne News

---- — PORTLAND, ME - The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum will be celebrating National Train Day on Sat., May 11. Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss railroad safety and the museum will offer railroad themed activities and demonstrations.

“We hope families and rail enthusiasts will be able to join us for this unique celebration of trains and railroad history in Maine.” said Executive Director, Allison Tevsh Zittel. In addition to special activities inside the museum, passengers can enjoy a scenic train ride along Casco Bay. National Train Day was started by Amtrak to spread information on railroad travel and history in the United States. Events are held at Amtrak stations as well as railroad museums across the country.

Founded in 1992, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum is a non-profit museum with a mission to educate the public and preserve historic equipment related to Maine’s two-foot gauge railways. Five two-foot gauge railroads operated in the state from the 1870’s through the 1940’s, serving as an important part of the economic development of the interior of Maine. The museum has become an important visitor attraction for the greater Portland area drawing over 30,000 visitors annually, including tourists and area residents, to experience this remarkable piece of history unique to the state of Maine.

The museum is open daily from May through October, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and seasonally for events. The railroad is located at 58 Fore Street in Portland, ME, on the waterfront, just a short walk from the Old Port. Directions and more information about the museum can be found at www.mainenarrowgauge.org or by calling 207-828-0814.