Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast,
Maine Coast Transportation Museums include the Wells Antique Auto Museum on Route One in Wells, the Portland Narrow Gage Train Museum and steam train rides, the seashore Trolley Museum and trolley rides in Kennebunk, the Bath Shipbuilding Museum, and the Owls Head Antique Air Museum in Rockland.
A few miles south, a collector in 1946 took on the rebuilding of a 1907 Stanley Steamer and this project has grown into more than 80 antique automobiles at the Auto Museum in Wells. The collection now includes five Steamers and other vintage brass headlamp antiques many dating to before 1915. the collection includes antique coin games, arcade memorabilia, and nickelodeons.
If your passion runs to steam trains rather than autos or trolleys, a short drive north along the coast will take you to The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum with tracks along Casco Bay in the beautifully restored waterfront district of Portland. Here crews run daily passenger trains past the old forts, ship terminals, and lighthouses of Portland Harbor.
Crews fired up the Museum's four steam locomotives for special events and holiday weekends. A huge hit with train buffs is the "Guest Engineer" program where weekend visitors learn how to run the locomotive. They then run the steam engine up and down the tracks along the bay.
On the southern part of the coast the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport is the first big transportation Museum coming from the south.
Trolley cars from the 1910s and up have been collected and shipped to a pasture on the Maine cost that became the Seashore Trolley Museum.
On Maine's coast you can visit a few of these antique transportation museums located on or near coastal Route Nearby there are beaches, amusement rides, ocean-side golfing, and outlet shopping malls.
Trout fishing or salt water fishing or sailing, Maine's south coast has hundreds of miles of shoreline with beaches and estuarine marsh between Kittery in the south and Camden in the north Most Inns are open from mid-May to mid-September with some staying open year round, others close at the end of foliage season in mid October.
Step back into the 1920s and ride on an antique electric car at the oldest trolley museum in the world. The electrified rail cars from the world including cars from Toronto, Auckland, London and Tokyo, making it not only the oldest trolley museum in the world but also the largest.
The first car came to the site in 1939 Car No. 31, a 60-seat open model built by J.G. Brill in 1900 became the nucleus of this collection.
The museum gives passengers a memorable ride over tracks that first operated in 1893.
Trains, planes, and automobiles, the old ones have gone to pasture in coastal Maine
On mid coast Maine you can find World War I airplanes at the Owls Rockland, wood sailing ships at the Shipbuilding Museum in Bath, brass lamp Stanley Steamers at the Auto Museum at Wells, narrow gage steam engines at the Maine Narrow Gage Railroad Museum in Portland, antique electric trains at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, and antique Schooners still sailing the bays out of Camden.
You can spend the day riding the cars while volunteer train crews dressed in period uniforms will relate the history of the restored cars.
Along the southern part of this coast you will find sand beaches like Old Orchard and amusement parks like Saco's Funtown, York's Wild Kingdom, the 1879 Nubble Lighthouse and the malls of Kittery with a one-mile stretch of factory outlets in a shoppers theme park.
For a walk in a nature preserve go to the seven miles on the estuary at the Wells National Estuarine Research Preserve. Biologists conduct educational programs where they encourage young visitors to take part in the research studies including the banding and release of some of the 250 bird species that visit the reserve.
The outlet mall town of Freeport is just north of Portland Maine on the coast. Famous for 24 hour L.L.Bean sports outfitter shopping, the area also has nature preserves.
Transportation Museums include restoration of trolley cars at The Seashore Trolley Museum
Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast include Antique Auto, boat, train, airplane, and trolley Museums.
Transportation Museums of the south Maine Coast include the steam trains at Portland, the Trolley Museum at Kennebunk, and the Wells Antique Autos.
Transportation Museums of the Maine Coast are near enough to the outlet town of Freeport to offer something for everyone in the family.
South of Freeport on Route One find the Wells Antique Auto Museum, the Portland steam trains of Maine Narrow Gage, and the Seashore Trolley Museum at Kennebunk.
How to Reach the Maine Coast From Boston Go north on Route I-95 to Portsmouth New Hampshire. and then Maine. The first coastal town will be Kittery
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