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Monday, October 4, 2010

Railroads of Maine

For those of you that may not know (which is most of you) I’ve been a train nut since i was little. I was fascinated watching the Erie Lackawanna trains pass through the town i grew up in. So riding as many trains as possible on this trip is a dream come true. The first was in Ellsworth Maine.

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The Down East Scenic Railroad is owned and operated by the  by the Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, a non profit organization. The mission of the Trust is to celebrate and preserve the railroad history of Downeast Maine. Their immediate and primary goal is to develop the Downeast Scenic Railroad for the education, enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations (and oldster rail buffs like me).

Downeast Scenic RailroadThe Downeast runs from Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekend with 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM runs. The round-trip tour travels from Ellsworth, Maine, on the historic Calais Branch Line of the former Maine Central Railroad to Ellsworth Falls and then to Washington Junction and back to Ellsworth. The ten-mile trip takes approximately 90 minutes.

To learn more about this step back into the past go to http://www.downeastscenicrail.org/ride/ 

There are a number of other Maine Central lines that are being restored. The branch into Bangor is still an active freight line.

5 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

That is so cool. Nice pictures, too. ;)

Anvilcloud said...

That's odd. B just calls you plain nuts not train nut.

possum said...

Bring home some good ideas, dude...
Missed you at the Town Mtg last night... news coming later in an email.
Have fun!

Grenville T. Boyd said...

Morning Folks,
YES Possum, i have some really great (and expensive) ideas. Actually AC i usually get called strange but nice namees. Just ask Possum. Thanks for the nice comments Lois. I have to admit that half of those photos were Beatrice's. The so-so ones were mine. Today we are off to Belfast.

Sara said...

Love the pics and narrative. When you get to Belfast I hope you are able to go to the top of the bridge tower. I am itching to do that--should be spectacular view.

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