Owls Head Transportation Museum Education Series Begins with "From Nowhere to Nowhere - Edouard Lecroix's Eagle Lake and  West Branch Railroad"

Terry Harper will discuss the Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

On Saturday, January 12, Terry Harper will explore the fascinating history of one of Maine’s most remote rail lines with “From Nowhere to Nowhere – Edouard Lacroix’s Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad.”  The presentation will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.  Admission is free.

For generations the long abandoned, decaying remains of the Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad, including two steam locomotives stranded in a small clearing deep in Maine’s Allagash Wilderness, have captured the imagination of canoeists, rusticators and historians. Join Terry Harper as we explore the history and people of the famous “Ghost Trains of the Allagash” and the early mechanization of Maine’s northern forest from horses, to Lombards to tramways to trains.

Harper has spent more than 20 years researching and even reclaiming engines from this historic site.  Working with the Allagash Alliance, Harper was involved in the excavation and righting of two of the largest steam locomotives the line operated, in some of Maine’s wildest terrain.

“From Nowhere to Nowhere” is the first in a series of seven winter education programs to be offered by the Owls Head Transportation Museum.  All programs begin at 1 p.m. with the exception of the Introduction to Metal Shaping on February 23rd.  Programs are free to the public, thanks to the support of the Museum’s Lang Education Center.

The remaining Winter Education programs at the Owls Head Transportation Museum are:

January 26 “Feathers & Flight” – Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings, a bird sanctuary located in Dresden, Maine, will bring four birds of prey – including a golden eagle – to discuss the magic of flight in this exciting, family friendly program.

February 9 “Horse Drawn Freighting in America” – Nick Buck returns to the Education Series to explore how America moved freight in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of and a lifetime working with animals, Nick has been a presenter in the series for several years.

February 23 “Introduction to Metal Shaping” – Tim Watson will lead a class through the use of basic metal shaping tools and techniques.  This program is ideal for those who are interested in learning how to shape sheet metal for use in automotive, motorcycle, and aircraft fabrication, as well as the metal arts. Class size limited, call to register.  

March 9 “Rockland’s Lime Rock Railroad” – Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the Lime Rock Railroad served not only the lime industry in Rockland, but a variety of others.  A panel of local historians, including David Hoch, Larry Goldman, Gil Merriam and John Ware will address the history of this important line.

April 6 “The Trolley Parks of Maine” – Trolley parks are a now forgotten way of life, providing a destination for day-trippers and inexpensive entertainment around the state.  These parks were supported by the electric trolley lines that provided transportation to so many Mainers.  Join Amber Tatnall and Randy Leclair, of the Seashore Trolley Museum as they revisit some of Maine’s most popular Trolley Parks.

April 20 “Roadside Maine, A Nostalgic Journey Up Route 1” – Maine State Historian, Earle Shettleworth presents an illustrated talk comprised of post card views of roadside architecture along Route 1 in Maine from the 1900s to 1960s.  Learn how automobile travel, especially summer tourism travel, transformed Route 1 and the communities through which it passes.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum Street, two miles south of Rockland, off Route 73 in Owls Head.  For more information, call 594-4418 or visit www.owlshead.org

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