Maine Narrow Gauge Museum to move, secures deed to new home

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The museum will soon move to the community of Gray, about 18 miles from its present location in Portland. A new 9,500-square-foot facility is planned.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum

PORTLAND, Maine – After a nearly four-year long search, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum is moving to Gray, about 18 miles from its current home in Portland. The relocation will take a major step forward this week when Central Maine Power will present the deed for the future railroad right-of-way to the museum at a ceremony on Friday morning.

“This is the key to progress for the project to move forward,” says Executive Director Donnell Carroll. “The right-of-way along the former rail-bed of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban provides the necessary path for us to proceed.”

The museum is dedicated to preserving Maine's two-foot gauge railroad history was established in 1993 and has been looking for a new home since 2010. That year, the museum put out a call to interested communities that wanted to host the museum made up of the former Edaville Railroad collection. The move took on more urgency last year, when the museum's current home on Portland's waterfront, the 10-acre Portland Co. Marine Complex, was sold to developers. At one time, the Portland Co. built steam locomotives, including for Maine's narrow gauge railroads.

While the museum received proposals from Portland, Bridgton, and Monson, the latter two having a direct connection to the museum's historic collection, Gray won out in the end because of the available space for a proposed 9,500-square-foot museum that is currently being designed.

On April 11, representatives from Gray, the museum and Central Maine Power will be on hand for the ceremonial passing of the deed, set to take place at 11:30 a.m. at Gray Plaza on Portland Road, site of the future facility. The public is invited to the event.

Maine Narrow Gauge currently operates seasonal excursions on the Portland waterfront and the museum attracts more than 32,000 visitors annually. For more information, visit

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