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Sep 24

A History of Maine Railroads | 489 Congress Street 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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ALL ABOARD!! Maine is populated with intriguing characters who set in motion a fascinating, compelling story of railroads and the unique communities they helped to build. 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.

One of the first states to build railroads and trolleys in the United States, Maine at one point had more than 90 communities with trolleys. Standard-gauge and “two-footers” crossed the state, including the St. Lawrence & Atlantic and the Bangor & Aroostook. 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.

About the author: Bill Kenny, a former career US Air Force officer and Gulf War veteran, developed a lifelong interest in trains, with his first ride at age eleven. In his military service, he implemented intensive planning and coordination of rail and ship movements of military equipment from the United States and Europe for Desert Shield/Desert Storm; and he oversaw railroad operations at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska and Loring Air Force Base in northern Maine. Later, he was involved in a global logistics career that planned and coordinated the movement of large equipment around the world by rail and shipping for major industrial companies. His many experiences have informed his education and love of railroads, and their history.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Location: online via Zoom. Limited to 500 attendees. REGISTER HERE: