Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Portland Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad to Move to Gray

(via Trains.com newswire)

PORTLAND, Me. – The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, which operates 1.5 miles of track along Casco Bay in Portland, will move to Gray, about 15 miles north of the city, museum President Jerry Angier said.

The museum is on property of the former Portland Co., which built locomotives and cars, but the owners of the property have it for sale. In addition, the museum’s railway, the former Grand Trunk route from Quebec into the city, is owned by the State of Maine, which may exercise a 30-day notice to vacate the property if proposals for light rail mature.

Angier reported that negotiations for a section of the former Portland-Lewiston Interurban right-of-way at Gray are proceeding, as are talks leading to acquisition of land for terminal facilities. The museum has engaged a consultant to assist in raising the estimated $3 million the move and development may cost.

The Maine Narrow Gauge and Museum has been at its current site since 1993, when it acquired and moved to Maine the bulk of the Edaville Railroad collection of Maine two-foot gauge equipment. The museum owns fou original Maine two-footer steam locomotives, as well as original passenger and freight rolling stock.

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