Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

Past Programs

A History of Maine Railroads: a book talk with author Bill Kenny
**Maine at 200 Series**

Recorded on September 24, 2020

Maine was one of the first states to build railroads and trolleys in the United States, and at one point Maine had more than 90 communities with trolleys. From an international electric trolley to the attempted World War I dynamiting of a railroad bridge between the United States and Canada, Maine is home to a rich rail heritage. Join author Bill Kenny as he takes you on a journey from the first tracks made of wood to today's high-speed Downeaster Amtrak train.