Maine’s first public railroad museum, established in 1965, the Boothbay Railway Village collection includes narrow gauge steam locomotives, historic Maine narrow gauge rolling stock, and more than a dozen historic Maine railroad structures including two stations, crossing towers and shanties, car barns, an operating wig wag and crossing gate.
For the National Narrow Gauge Convention, the Museum is offering special activities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Boothbay plans to have three narrow gauge locomotives steamed up during the convention. Each day’s train will include a different configuration of historic Maine equipment including SR&RL Caboose, B&S Coach #11, and Franklin & Megantic First Class Coach #2. Steam trains departures will be on the half-hour every afternoon with the last departure of the day at 4 pm.
The Village also invites you to take a ride in the 1925 Model T SR&RL Track Inspection Car (on loan from Owls Head Transportation Museum), the SR&RL Railbus (on loan from Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum), or the 1895 WW&F handcar. The inspection car, railbus, and hand car will be available between 12 – 4 pm. (Participants must show their convention badge and purchase a regular admission for $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children.)
The Museum campus also includes an impressive collection of vintage automobiles, antique engines and tractors, a model railroad exhibit (so large it has its own building,) and other exhibits that tell the story of Maine village life from the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.
Boothbay is 35 miles and 60 minutes from the Civic Center. The Museum is just five minutes from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and ten minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor, one of the prettiest harbors in Maine and a vibrant downtown for shopping and dining.