Railroad enthusiast tells of BML history

Jun 19, 2017
Blodgett's postcard shows Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad train at Beavertail Curve, Upper Bridge, from Lawless Collection.

“The History of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad - Celebrating 150 Years,” will be the topic of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.

Speaker Joey Kelley, railroad enthusiast and volunteer with Brooks Preservation Society, which currently runs the rail line, has just published a book about the railroad and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

The railroad’s original 1857 charter was to run all the way from Belfast to the shores of Moosehead Lake in Greenville. Cut off from building outside Waldo County, the 33-mile railroad was owned by the towns it served.

The railroad survived two world wars, increased competition from trucks, and the erosion of the poultry industry. It is currently operated as a nonprofit excursion line and survives through the work of dedicated volunteers. Entering its 150th year in 2017, the railroad is the only one in the state still using its original name.






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