The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum preserves and operates historic two-foot gauge railroad equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public.

A Brief History

Starting in the latter part of the 19th century, Maine had a unique system of railroads that ran on rail only two feet apart. From the 1870s until the 1940s, some 200 miles of narrow gauge lines served many of Maine's smaller communities. Eventually there were five of these railways:

  • Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes (1879-1935)
  • Bridgton and Saco River (1881-1941)
  • Monson (1883-1943)
  • Kennebec Central (1890-1929)
  • Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington (1894-1933)

Transporting both passengers and freight, they were the smallest narrow gauge common carrier railroads in the United States. They connected the less populated rural areas of Maine with the larger cities and thus were an important part of the economic development of the interior of Maine.


Founded in 1992, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization with a mission to educate the public and preserve historic equipment related to Maine's two-foot gauge railways. The museum has become a popular visitor attraction for the greater Portland area surpassing over 55,000 visitors annually, including tourists and area residents, to experience a remarkable piece of history unique to the state of Maine.

Non-Discrimination Statement & Policy

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Industrial Heritage Trust, dba Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, clients, and passengers.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Industrial Heritage Trust, dba Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.