List of Maine railroads

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The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of Maine.

Common freight carriers[edit]

Passenger carriers[edit]

Defunct railroads[edit]

Name Mark System[1] From To Successor Notes
Androscoggin Railroad MEC 1848 1911 Maine Central Railroad
Androscoggin and Kennebec Railroad MEC 1845 1862 Maine Central Railroad
Aroostook Northern Railroad BAR 1897 1901 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Aroostook River Railroad CP 1873 1989 N/A
Aroostook Valley Railroad AVL 1902 1996 N/A Electric until 1946
Atlantic and North-West Railway CP 1886 1994 Canadian American Railroad
Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad CN 1845 1960 Canadian National Railway
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad BAR BAR 1891 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Bangor and Katahdin Iron Works Railway BAR 1881 1901 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Bangor, Oldtown and Milford Railroad MEC 1855 1870 European and North American Railway
Bangor and Orono Railroad MEC 1847 1850 Penobscot Railroad
Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad BAR 1861 1899 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Bangor and Piscataquis Canal and Railroad Company MEC 1833 1855 Bangor, Oldtown and Milford Railroad
Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad BML MEC 1868 2001 N/A Continued as a tourist railroad until 2008
Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railway MEC 1867 1868 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad
Boston and Maine Corporation BM B&M 1963 Still exists as a lessor of Pan Am Railways operating subsidiary Springfield Terminal Railway
Boston and Maine Railroad B&M, BM B&M 1844 1964 Boston and Maine Corporation
Bridgton and Harrison Railway 1927 1941 N/A
Bridgton and Saco River Railroad MEC 1881 1930 Bridgton and Harrison Railway
Buckfield Branch Railroad MEC 1847 1863 Portland and Oxford Central Railroad
Bucksport and Bangor Railroad MEC 1873 1882 Eastern Maine Railway
Calais Railroad MEC 1838 1849 Calais and Baring Railroad
Calais Railway MEC 1832 1838 Calais Railroad
Calais and Baring Railroad MEC 1849 1870 St. Croix and Penobscot Railroad
Canadian American Railroad CDAC 1994 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Canadian Atlantic Railway CP 1988 1994 Canadian American Railroad, Eastern Maine Railway
Canadian National Railway CN CN 1923 1989 St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad
Canadian Pacific Railway CP CP 1886 1988 Canadian Atlantic Railway
Consolidated European and North American Railway MEC 1872 1880 European and North American Railway
Dexter and Newport Railroad MEC 1853 1939 Maine Central Railroad
Dexter and Piscataquis Railroad MEC 1888 1939 Maine Central Railroad
Eastern Railroad B&M 1847 1890 Boston and Maine Railroad
Eastern Maine Railway MEC 1882 1936 Maine Central Railroad
European and North American Railway MEC 1880 1955 Maine Central Railroad
European and North American Railway MEC 1850 1872 Consolidated European and North American Railway
Eustis Railroad MEC 1903 1911 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Fish River Railroad BAR 1901 1903 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Franklin and Megantic Railroad MEC 1884 1897 Franklin and Megantic Railway
Franklin and Megantic Railway MEC 1897 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Franklin, Somerset and Kennebec Railway 1897 1901 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad
Georges Valley Railroad 1889 1919 Knox Railroad
Grand Trunk Railway GT CN 1853 1923 Canadian National Railway
Great Falls and South Berwick Branch Railroad B&M 1841 1865 Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad
Houlton Branch Railroad CP 1867 1989 N/A
International Railway of Maine CP 1881 1886 Atlantic and North-West Railway
Kennebec Central Railroad 1889 1929 N/A
Kennebec and Portland Railroad MEC 1836 1864 Portland and Kennebec Railroad
Kennebec Valley Railroad MEC 1903 1904 Somerset Railway
Kennebec and Wiscasset Railroad 1854 1873 Wiscasset and Moosehead Lake Railroad
Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Railroad B&M 1882 1919 Boston and Maine Railroad
Kingfield and Dead River Railroad MEC 1893 1897 Kingfield and Dead River Railway
Kingfield and Dead River Railway MEC 1897 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Knox Railroad 1919 1932 N/A
Knox and Lincoln Railroad MEC 1864 1890 Penobscot Shore Line Railroad
Knox and Lincoln Railway MEC 1891 1901 Maine Central Railroad
Leeds and Farmington Railroad MEC 1865 1874 Maine Central Railroad
Lewiston and Auburn Railroad CN 1872
Lewy's Island Railroad MEC 1854 1870 St. Croix and Penobscot Railroad
Lime Rock Railroad 1864 1942 N/A
Machiasport Railroad 1845 1872 Whitneyville and Machiasport Railroad
Madrid Railroad MEC 1902 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Maine Central Railroad MEC MEC 1862 Still exists as a lessor of Pan Am Railways operating subsidiary Springfield Terminal Railway
Maine Coast Railroad MC 1990 2000 Safe Handling Rail, Inc.
Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts Railroad B&M 1836 1844 Boston and Maine Railroad
Maine Shore Line Railroad MEC 1881 1888 Maine Central Railroad
Monson Railroad 1885 1943 N/A
Monson and Athens Railroad 1881 1885 Monson Railroad
New Brunswick Railway CP 1878 1890 Canadian Pacific Railway
New Brunswick and Canada Railway CP 1870 1882 New Brunswick Railway
Northern Maine Seaport Railroad BAR 1904 1919 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Norway Branch Railroad CN 1879
Oldtown and Lincoln Railroad MEC 1852 1864 European and North American Railway
Orchard Beach Railroad B&M 1876 1893 Boston and Maine Railroad
Palmer and Machiasport Railroad 1842 1845 Machiasport Railroad
Patten and Sherman Railroad BAR 1895 1901 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Penobscot Railroad MEC 1853 1863 European and North American Railway
Penobscot and Kennebec Railroad MEC 1845 1862 Maine Central Railroad
Penobscot and Lake Megantic Railroad CP 1871 1881 International Railway of Maine
Penobscot, Lincoln and Kennebec Railroad MEC 1849 1864 Knox and Lincoln Railroad
Penobscot Shore Line Railroad MEC 1889 1891 Knox and Lincoln Railway
Penobscot and Union River Railroad MEC 1870 1873 Bucksport and Bangor Railroad
Phillips and Rangeley Railroad MEC 1889 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Portland and Kennebec Railroad MEC 1862 1874 Maine Central Railroad
Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad MEC 1867 1887 Portland and Ogdensburg Railway
Portland and Ogdensburg Railway MEC 1886 1943 Maine Central Railroad
Portland and Oxford Central Railroad MEC 1857 1896 Portland and Rumford Falls Railway
Portland and Rochester Railroad B&M 1864 1900 Boston and Maine Railroad
Portland and Rumford Falls Railroad MEC 1907 1946 Maine Central Railroad
Portland and Rumford Falls Railway MEC 1890 1946 Maine Central Railroad
Portland, Saco and Portsmouth Railroad B&M 1837 1900 Boston and Maine Railroad
Portland Terminal Company PTM MEC 1911 Still exists as a lessor of Pan Am Railways operating subsidiary Springfield Terminal Railway
Portland Union Railway Station Company MEC 1887 1911 Portland Terminal Company
Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad B&M 1865 1890 Boston and Maine Railroad
Rangeley Lakes and Megantic Railroad MEC 1909 1914 Maine Central Railroad
Rockport Railroad 1886 1896 N/A
Rumford Falls and Buckfield Railroad MEC 1874 1896 Portland and Rumford Falls Railway
Rumford Falls and Rangeley Lakes Railroad MEC 1894 1936 N/A
Safe Handling Rail, Inc. 2000 2003 Maine Eastern Railroad
St. Croix and Penobscot Railroad MEC 1870 1899 Washington County Railroad
Sandy River Railroad MEC 1879 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad MEC 1908 1935 N/A
Sanford and Eastern Railroad 1949 1961 N/A
Schoodic Stream Railroad BAR 1906 1907 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Sebasticook and Moosehead Railroad MEC 1886 1910 Maine Central Railroad
Somerset Railroad MEC 1860 1883 Somerset Railway
Somerset Railway MEC 1904 1911 Maine Central Railroad
Somerset Railway MEC 1883 1904 Kennebec Valley Railroad
Somerset and Kennebec Railroad MEC 1848 1874 Maine Central Railroad
Van Buren Bridge Company VB BAR 1913 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Washington County Railroad MEC 1893 1903 Washington County Railway
Washington County Railway MEC 1903 1911 Maine Central Railroad
Waterville and Wiscasset Railroad 1895 1901 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad
Whitneyville and Machiasport Railroad 1872 1892 N/A
Wiscasset and Moosehead Lake Railroad 1873 1876 Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad
Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad 1876 1901 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad
Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad 1901 1906 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway
Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway 1907 1933 N/A
York and Cumberland Railroad B&M 1846 1865 Portland and Rochester Railroad
York Harbor and Beach Railroad B&M 1883 1927 N/A
Private carriers
Passenger carriers
Electric
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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Association of American Railroads (2003), Railroad Service in Maine (PDF). Retrieved May 11, 2005.
  • Hilton, George W. (1990). American Narrow Gauge Railroads. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-2369-9.