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“Informative, scenic”

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum
Ranked #26 of 158 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum preserves and operates Maine's two foot gauge railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public. Visitors can enjoy a scenic train ride along Casco Bay or explore the museum which features historic rail cars, exhibits and activities for children. The museum is open daily from early May through late October (9:30am-4:00pm) and seasonally for events including the Polar Express. Visit our website for more information including a full schedule of events.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Visited the railroad museum after seeing it on a sightseeing map of Portland. A $10 each entrance fee gets you entry to the museum and a 45 minute train ride along the coast. The museum gives you a chance to see some early carriages up close and a walk through some of them. The train journey is a trip out and back along the same line, with a driver, conductor and line man. We were quite lucky because we were the only passengers we had a personal guided tour. If you do have children they sometime let them blow the horn if that's of interest. We did give a tip at the end that went to the museum because it is volunteer run.

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Worth an hour of your time if you are in the area or a train enthusiast. We've been to several train museums & it's not the largest or the best, but I do appreciate the time & effort that the volunteers dedicate to maintaining the trains & museum, and educating us about the history of the railroad. We took the short train ride along the waterfront, powered by the Monson Steam Locomotive #4. The conductor we spoke to was very knowledgeable & graciously answered our barrage of questions. This railway is unique because it is a two-foot gauge railway versus the usual three-foot narrow gauge or standard gauge.

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

It's always a treat to ride a train with open cars. It would have been better with a steam engine. It was still a fun ride with excellent narration about the history going back to the Grand Trunk Western and the connection with both the Boston & Maine and Canadian National Railways. It can be enjoyed by anyone old enough to walk or young enough to still walk. The museum visit that was included with the price of a ticket was very interesting. We spent an enjoyable few hours there.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

This was a fun train ride in a real coal train.
A nice ride along the waterfront.
It is a short ride down to the end and back but my train enthusiast husband really enjoyed it. And how often can you rid a real coal powered train.

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

This is a historical museum that caters to the train enthusiast. While there is much to see, our group of kids (ages 1 to 5) just wanted to ride the train. It was truly the highlight on a rainy day. The kids enjoyed seeing the trains, hearing the conductor call out "all aboard" and the ride. If your little one is into Mighty Machines, the train station, fire houe and the children's museum are places to go.

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