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Steam Fest Returns this May

Steam Fest returns to the museum Saturday, May 19th!  Join us as we welcome Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive #7 back into service. Built in 1913 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the locomotive has been undergoing restoration since 2007. The work was made possible thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, contractors, individual donors, and

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Help Us Repair Combine #12

Last autumn a major storm hit Maine causing extensive damage and power outages across the state. Many historic railroad cars at the museum were damaged, with roofing torn apart and several sections of cars blown entirely off.  The damage was extensive and came just three weeks before our annual holiday train ride. Insurance has covered part of

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Our 2018 Daily Operations Start This Weekend with Train Day!

Our annual Train Day event kicks off the start of our 2018 operating season this Saturday, May 5th!  The Junior Engineer program returns and Monson Steam Locomotive #3 will be in operation for the day!  The museum will be open from 9:30am-4pm with train rides on the hour from 10am-3pm.  Regular ticket fees apply. Keep in mind

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Train Rides & Spring Events Start This Weekend!

The museum will be open for train rides for Maine’s April school vacation week, April 14th-22nd.  Our Spring Aboard event returns to anchor both weekends, April 14th-15th and April 21st-22nd.  Children can decorate their own flower pots and we’ll have complimentary treats available for all passengers.  We’re also pleased to share that Monson Steam Locomotive #3 will

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Track Work Weekend Held April 7th-8th

The museum held a track work weekend April 7th and 8th. Thanks to an amazing group of volunteers, including some dedicated folks from AmeriCorps/FEMA, the group was able to replace twenty-four railroad ties along the right-of-way. Despite the chilly whether, significant improvements were made to the tracks for the coming season which is quickly approaching.  The museum

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A Tribute to Long Time Volunteer Stan Fletcher

Has your child ever played in our small wooden train cars at the museum? How about at the train tables and the child-size train depot? We thought you might like to know the story of the WWII veteran who built them. Stan Fletcher began volunteering at the museum in 1993, helping to salvage rail and

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Portland History Docents Program Returns

The Portland History Docents Program returns this month! A collaborative effort by a group of local historic sites, the program provides a nine-week training course for prospective volunteer tour guides. This year’s program will take place from February 22nd through April 26th. It includes several weeks of lively talks and presentations at Maine Historical Society, combined with site

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Museum Holds Raffle Contest in Conjunction with – Railroad Hobby Show

The museum will once again be at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show January 27th & 28th in West Springfield, Massachusetts. This year we will be holding two separate raffles for a chance to win either a Boston & Maine 6-chime locomotive whistle or a 16”x20” Canvas painting by Andy Dolph. A membership fee of $40 is

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December 23rd Polar Express Trains Cancelled

We’re sad to share that all Polar Express trains for Saturday, December 23rd have been cancelled due to weather conditions. All Polar Express ticket holders for Saturday train rides should contact PortTIX by January 9th for accommodation (207-842-0800). Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to process requests. And thanks to all of you who

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Warmth for Warriors Clothing Drive December 1st-3rd

During this weekend’s Polar Express event (December 1st-3rd) we’ll be accepting donations of new and lightly used clothing to help keep our Maine veterans warm this winter. Accepted donations include but are not limited to coats/jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats, and heavy socks. If you are able to bring a donation with you during the event, it

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