Fresh from watching the Downeaster, we made our way downtown to the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum.
A train staged on the mainline and waiting for the day’s visitors. With so much outside, on display, it was fun to wander through the yard.
Of course, outside can take its toll. I’d love to devote some volunteer time to documenting items like this if it helps.
Hidden among the Museum’s collection are some real gems from other narrow gauge lines such as this string of Magor flat cars.
These little GE diesels are such neat machines. My Dad has had the pleasure of a cab ride – I can only imagine how cosy that ride must have been!
The Museum’s track is recycled, former standard gauge track. I thought the self-guarding frog on this stub switch was a neat touch. The derail was cool too!
I remember articles in magazines, like Model Railroader, describing how to cut apart and reassemble standard gauge turnouts to suite narrow gauge use. There’s a prototype for everything as this turnout shows.
With the sun making its way through the clouds, it’s time to make our way to Boothbay and our next stop for the day.
The Maine Narrow Gauge Museum operates a wonderful length of track along Portland’s waterfront. Not only by location, but also in terms of community, I am proud of how well integrated the Museum is in Portland life. Events seem well-attended and the Museum does a fine job of promoting their site well beyond the narrow gauge fan community. They are currently planning the next phase of their life and a massive move of the entire Museum to a new location. Follow along with events at the Museum, find out how to get involved, and receive updates at their website: http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/relocation/