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In 2017, Seashore Trolley is / And you’ll love us if:

In 2017, Seashore Trolley Museum is:

  • opening on May 6;
  • the only place I know that’s as much fun for individuals, couples, and groups of friends as it is for families with young children;
  • the easiest place to park in the Kennebunks;
  • where a trolley takes you to hiking/biking trails and picnic tables;
  • always dog friendly;
  • selling lots of new items in the store;
  • hosting special events for families with kids AND events that are NOT for kids.

You’ll love us if any of these are true:

  • You want an experience that can’t be replicated elsewhere;
  • You like history;
  • You like beautiful objects (we’ve got large ones);
  • You like railroads;
  • You like to be outdoors;
  • You want to go hiking;
  • You don’t want to go to the beach;
  • You appreciate amazing photo ops.

We’re excited about our SPECIAL EVENTS this season…

Special Discount Days

May 6  – Community Appreciation Day – residents of Arundel, Saco, Biddeford & the Kennebunks receive a 50% admission discount.

May 14 – Mothers Day –Free admission for Mothers accompanied by child.

June 18 – Fathers Day – Free admission for Fathers accompanied by child.

May 27, 28, 29 – Veterans Appreciation WEEKEND Veterans receive 50%                                                      admission.  (Memorial day is May 29)

Fundraising Events – special prices apply:

July 21-23 – Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist, Nature, and the Narcissus

Aug 18 – Downeast Meets Dixie (our annual Gala) #downeastmeetsdixie

Sep 23 – 24 and Sep 30 – Oct 1   Pumpkin Patch Trolley

Dec 1-3 and 8-10   Prelude Daytime Rides

Dec 1 and Dec 8   Evening: Golden Chariot Ride and Cocktail Party — 5 pm

Dec 9 – “Surprise! Santa’s on the Trolley at Seashore!”

Special Events at Regular Admission Prices:

Wed, July & Aug   Seashore Trolley Story Time, 10:30 am story

July 9 – Moxie Day

October 7 – Transit Day

Oct 29 – Trolley-ween Treats for kids on closing day.



“This Is Us”

“THIS Is Us”

Connecting you to transit history

We’ve always known who we are, what we do, and why we do it.       Our Mission and Vision Statements should articulate that for everyone else!

As part of our ongoing strategic planning process, the Board of Trustees has updated the wording of those statements.

Our Mission:

New England Electric Railway Historical Society shares powerful connections between the past and present. We preserve knowledge, context, and resources for future generations by collecting, restoring, operating, and exhibiting significant public transit vehicles and artifacts.

Our Vision:

We continue the legacy of our founders by maintaining and sharing our world-class transit collections and knowledge with a growing membership, our many visitors, our communities, and the public transportation industry.

Our work is guided by our respect for the technological, aesthetic, and historically significant characteristics of our collections, and our engagement with our audiences and community, in the past, present, and future.

We strive for the highest standards of professional practice in every facet of our organization, and to make our museum experience accessible to everyone.

Our capital improvement programs create improved capacity for collection management, storage, exhibition and interpretation, and responsible stewardship of our assets.

We invite and facilitate wide participation in carrying out our mission and perpetuating our legacy through our programs of engagement with supporters, members, and the giving community.

Carhouse Expansion on Track for 2017

We’re taking on another big infrastructure project – hot on the heels of 2016’s upgrades to our Town House Restoration Shop (which included a whole new roof structure and superb new lighting in the work bays.)

Late this spring we’re breaking ground on on an expansion to Fairview Carhouse,  adding about 14 new covered spaces for our priceless vehicle collection.and improving storage conditions for the  27-plus cars already stored there.  This is the first phase of a 4-phase project.

20th Century Electric Railway Foundation has awarded us a $75,000 challenge grant for this project.  As of today, we’ve raised nearly $30,000 toward that match….$45k to go to accomplish phase 1.

You can help us meet our goal!  And every dollar you contribute will be matched by the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation!  Call 207-967-2800 ext 111 or 101 for more information!

It’s Roaring History, Not Boring History! Seashore Trolley Speakeasy 2015!

Don’t you think that when something is “prohibited”, partaking feels…naughty???  And EVERYBODY likes to be naughty sometimes!

The Kennebunks’most interesting gala is back – We’re hosting our second Seashore Trolley Speakeasy on Friday, August 21, 2015.

6-10:30 pm, at Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport, Maine.

Prohibition-era Streetcars offer the perfect atmosphere for a Speakeasy, and this year’s theme is “Chicago Gangster”! Period dress is encouraged (1920-1933) but not required.

It’s going to be a rip-roaring good time … with drink, dance,  live blues & jazz, and raffles with fabulous prizes!

Tickets must be reserved in advance.  $50/person includes a light buffet dinner (including an adaptation of Al Capone’s favorite pasta dish.)Food by Blue Elephant Events & Catering

Cash Bar by The Dogfish Company.  We’re bringing back 2014’s signature cocktail, the “Seashore 75” and introducing the new “Seashore 76”. 

How To Reserve Tickets

Call 207-967-2800, ext 101 or 111

Or email:

Or download an order form

Or purchase on-line 

Sip a Seashore 75

Sip a Seashore 75

Vintage Streetcars make  moody lounges!

Vintage Streetcars make moody lounges!

With a Seashore 75 in her hand!

With a Seashore 75 in her hand!

Live music of the era!

Live music of the era!

You know you look sharp when you go retro.

You know you look sharp when you go retro.

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Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport Maine is Cooking Up its 16th Annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley

Child in the pumpkin patch!

Child in the pumpkin patch!

Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport Maine is Cooking Up its 16th Annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley

Seashore Trolley Museum’s 16th Annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley, on the last two weekends of September, will have activities to please kids, adults and foodies.

Rain or shine, on September 20, 21 and 27, 28 – from 10 am to 3 pm – Seashore Trolley is the place to celebrate fall with streetcar rides to the pumpkin field, pumpkin decorating and games for the kids. Adults can enter either or both of the recipe competitions held on the two Saturdays of the event.

On Saturday, September 20, contestants in the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale Recipe Contest will offer tastings of entries that include Pumpkinhead Ale as an ingredient. Each category (Bread/dessert; Soup/chili/stew; appetizer/salad; and Meat/poultry/fish) will have a first and second place winner. All prizes are provided by Shipyard Brewing Company. A People’s Choice and a Grand Prize – a year’s worth of beer – will also be awarded.

On Saturday, September 27, the Pumpkin Dessert Recipe Contest returns. First, second, and third place prizes will be provided by King Arthur Flour. Entries will be offered for sale after judging is complete.

Children in grades 3 through 7 are eligible to enter the Seashore Trolley Museum Autumn Poetry Contest For Kids. Winning entries will be selected from Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-7. Winners will be announced on September 27, 2014. Every child entering the contest will receive a pass to visit the Museum during Pumpkin Patch Trolley.

Rules and entry forms for all three contests can be found at or at

Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway museum. The scope and quality of the Museum’s collection of public transit vehicles attracts visitors from across the country and the globe. Offering rides (with your dog) on vintage streetcars, exhibits, hiking and a museum store, the museum is appealing to all age groups.

For additional details, contact or call 207-967-2800 ext 101.


At Seashore Trolley Museum we are building on our connection to Theodore Roosevelt

Seashore Trolley Museum is developing new programs based on the relationship that Theodore Roosevelt had to one of the interurban cars in our collection, and on his fondness for Maine.

As the 100th Anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s death approaches in 2019, Seashore Trolley Museum is honoring his memory by planning an annual Teddy Roosevelt event, and by focusing on his connection to a beautiful interurban coach car in the Museum’s collection.

Built in 1912, the interurban coach named Narcissus is an aesthetic standout, and holds the distinction of having transported Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt from Lewiston to Portland on August 18, 1914. At Seashore Trolley Museum, and in the State of Maine, that approaching Centennial is newsworthy.

The Museum is planning an annual Teddy Roosevelt event, which will debut in 2015. With intellectual and historical components, as well as activities that are just plain fun, the event is intended to generate funds that can be applied toward restoring the Narcissus to operating condition, with the goal of completing it by 2019.

In the meantime, building on the renewed interest that Ken Burns’ seven-part, 14 hour documentary ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’, will generate, Seashore Trolley Museum is collaborating with Brick Store Museum on a Theodore Roosevelt-themed exhibit to be placed in Seashore’s “Morrison Hill Station”, an antique building which was originally located on the Portland-Lewiston line where the Narcissus operated. Burns’ documentary will air on PBS over seven nights beginning September 14.

Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway museum. The scope and quality of the Museum’s collection of public transit vehicles attracts visitors from across the country and the globe. Offering rides (with your dog) on vintage streetcars, exhibits, hiking and a museum store, the museum is appealing to all age groups.

Learn more about the Narcissus at

Counting Down to Seashore Trolley Speakeasy August 22, 2014

Seashore 75 in Speakeasy Cocktail Glass

With a Seashore 75 in her hand!

With a Seashore 75 in her hand!

Recipe for the signature drink – the Seashore 75 – check.

Cocktail bar setup designed – check.

Mocktail choices in addition to alcoholic drinks – check.

Performers lined up – check.

Ambient music for lounge areas – check.

Amazing raffle prizes – check.

Excellent food – check.

Endorsed by Maine’s largest newspaper?  YES