Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need or can I make reservations to ride the train?
We do not accept reservations, but train capacity is seldom a problem. Our operating schedule usually calls for five or six trains per day, so in the worst case you might end up waiting an hour to ride the next train. We recommend that those of you travelling a great distance not target your arrival for the last train of the day, just to be safe.
When does the train run?
Trains run on select Saturdays and Sundays, as well as other special occasions, Memorial Day Weekend through the peak of foliage season in early October. Please see our Operating Schedule for operating dates and times, as well as information on fares. We keep this page updated with any last minute schedule changes that may occur due to availability of equipment or train crews.
How long is the train ride and where does it go?
Our train operates from Sanders Station on 128 Bridge Street to the point where the original railway crossed the Sandy River into Phillips. The scheduled round trip time is 50 minutes. This includes time to explore the roundhouse and other historic structures at the south end of our line. We also demonstrate the operation of the turntable on most dates, and children can take a turn at operating a real hand car in our rail yard.
Are you running the steam locomotive?
Our Operating Schedule lists all of our planned train operations, and is updated as conditions on the ground change. Steam operations are subject to the availability of the locomotive and qualified steam crew. We have a limited crew here in the local area, and backup crew members have to be called from other railroads several hours away if one or more of our regular crew become unavailable. In some instances steam operations have to be cancelled. If in doubt you may call us at 207-639-2228 during operating hours.
Are dogs welcome on the train?
Yes, it’s not uncommon for a dog to accompany his or her owners on the train. Actually we would prefer to see your dog on the train and not left in a vehicle while you ride.
Is the train Wheel Chair Accessible?
Narrow gauge rail cars are by definition, narrow. Unfortunately our train and facilities are not wheelchair friendly or ADA compliant at this time, nor do we have ADA compliant restroom facilities.