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“Great Family Activity”

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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is a great way to see the Eastern Promenade. Very informative about narrow gauge trains in Maine. The museum has cars on display with volunteers available to answer questions.

Thank Ken e
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

There is a museum with interesting information about Maine's narrow gauge rails history, and it was nice to had a ride on one of those rail cars. This train ride was Ok... probably kids will enjoy it..
The ticket costs $10.00 for a 40 minutes ride. Rides operate every hour. Honestly, there is not too much to see, besides the harbor view, but it was nice to enjoy fresh air and relax. The staff warned us to take a seat at the side of the train facing the ocean to have a nice view during the ride... It stops and allow to take pictures and learn about the burned bridge, etc.
It is easy to walk from the cruise ship, if you have some extra time available, this could be a nice way to spend it, especially for kids.

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We spent a Mon-Fri weekend in Portland & would recommend the RR ride/museum. The gentlemen running the train were informative, friendly & enthusiastic about their volunteer jobs. We learned about the history of the narrow gauge, the equipment, and general Portland history. It is a short ride, take your time and read the exhibits in the museum. Permit your imagination to take you back to summers in the 1800s, enjoy the fresh air, and relax like a tourist should!

Thank lisaMfromHudson
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

This wonderful small railroad museum is tucked into a commercial area along Portland's waterfront. It is well work taking the time to find it. There are rides on the narrow gauge railroad which unfortunately we missed because of the time of day. We did get to tour the museum which was very well done. It details the history of Maine's narrow gauge rails along with the economic changes taking place. There were several cute rail cars you can go on along with a spectacular parlor car you could look into. This exhibit is well worth the time.

Thank Elon B
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

I was a little concerned having read that one reviewer was disappointed!
It was a wet Wednesday in May, but from the moment we got through the door the people were just lovely. There were 4 carriages, 2 which you could go on, which really showed how comfortable they were, there was an old converted Model T which had rail wheels fitted and a rail bus. By taking sometime and reading the information supplied you could learn a lot about the 2 foot gauge railways which were all over this part of America. If you visit with Children, I can imagine they would get bored, but for us older ones, it was nice. Children would probably enjoy the train ride, but would get bored in the Museum, I would have at their age, but at my age I found it fascinating. The volunteers running the train were really nice and very informative, I even got to see inside the train itself.

1  Thank Colin C
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