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“A History of Maine Railroads” with Maine author Bill Kenny

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Bill Kenny as he takes you on a journey from the first tracks made of wood to today’s high-speed Downeaster Amtrak train.

To attend Bill’s talk via Zoom register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfj5mwx1es6T59VnRTLF5vT2iv_nvTBGKArF6Vpel6KdkywoQ/viewform.

The link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you a few days before this presentation. For another way to join us on November 5, this event will also be on Bangor Public Library’s Facebook Live channel.

Maine is populated with intriguing characters who set in motion a fascinating, compelling story of railroads and the unique communities they helped to build. One of the first states to build railroads and trolleys in the United States, Maine at one point had more than ninety 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, the state is home to a rich rail heritage.

The history of Maine railroads is a prime example of how railroads affect economies, and this author, born in Maine and now living near Maine’s largest railroad yard, has experienced this firsthand. His realization that Maine’s history of railroads needs to be recorded, preserved and appreciated prompted the writing of this book, Bill’s first.


November 5
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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