Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company

Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T!

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum operates out of the former Portland Company Marine Complex, which built railroad equipment from 1846 to 1978.


The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1992, whose mission is to preserve the history of the 2 ft narrow gauge railways that ran in the state of Maine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Carrying both passengers and freight, these railways served the smaller communities in Maine, connecting with the full size lines in cities like Portland.


There is a 1½ mile long railroad that runs along the waterfront of Casco Bay and parallels Portland’s Eastern Promenade. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad company runs rides on these tracks in their restored train cars. In the winter, they run the Polar Express here.


When we returned to the museum, we explored the other trains and artifacts inside the building. Sheldon Cooper and little kids who love trains would really enjoy this place. Our group isn’t really into trains, but we still had fun at this stop.


Location: 58 Fore St, Portland, Maine
Designation: Museum
Date designated/established: 1992
Date of my visit: August 18, 2015


13 thoughts on “Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company

  1. How wonderful. So similar to our narrow gauge in Durango, but entirely different scenery. That car with the plush armchairs looks particularly comfy and cozy. I tell you, regular seats in those trains can be a real pain in a long ride!

  2. When I was growing up, my dad worked as an electrician for a lumber company that used a narrow gauge railway to haul their logs in from the mountains before they were replaced with logging trucks. What I remember about it is the engineers throwing candy out to kids when we stood by the tracks. –Curt

Leave a Reply