Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum has played an important role in preserving historic transit vehicles since 1939 – and it is currently both the oldest and the largest electric railway museum in the world!
The Kennebunks were once part of the Atlantic Shore Line Railway: one of the largest, inter-city electric railway systems in the state of Maine, providing service to the entire southern Maine seacoast, and connecting Kittery, York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, and Kennebunkport. In fact, the line used to pass right through what is today the Seashore Trolley Museum’s property!
The Seashore Trolley Museum was founded in 1939 with only one trolley car but, over the years and thanks to the support of thousands of members, the 330-acre museum campus has grown to contain over 250 transit vehicles, most of them trolleys, from nearly every major American city that ever had a streetcar as well as from many other countries.
A visit to the Seashore Trolley Museum will fascinate and educate you with the history of mass transit through exhibits and displays. Peruse the outstanding collection of rare, antique, and even contemporary examples of trolleys and other vehicles. Watch the painstaking restoration process of a streetcar in the museum’s restoration shop.
Best of all?
You can ride on some of the streetcars! A portion of the old, Atlantic Shore Line Railway that used to cross the property has been reconstructed so you can get a taste of a bygone era.
As mentioned above, the Seashore Trolley Museum’s collection holds more than just streetcars. The collection also includes subway cars, locomotives, buses, and other forms of mass transit. During some of their special events, these other vehicles may also be out, giving you the opportunity to more fully inspect – and sometimes even ride in them, too!
Be sure to watch the Seashore Trolley Museum’s Calendar of Events for these and other special opportunities!
The Seashore Trolley Museum
95 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, Maine
Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm
from Memorial Day through to Columbus Day
Seashore Trolley Museum Lodging
No matter what brings you to the Kennebunks, a stay at The Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk’s Lower Village is your key to comfort and convenience. Located within walking distance of Kennebunkport Village, aka Dock Square, The Inn at English Meadows is near numerous shops, galleries, restaurants, and historic homes – not to mention the beautiful ocean beaches and picturesque coastline less than a mile away from the inn!