The Museum presents a range of events and programs throughout the year for visitors of all ages. Young visitors can enjoy 'Children's Story Time,' which involves a reading of a children's book or two inside the museum and a post-reading activity. Mechanically minded guests can try their hand at being a diesel engineer and enjoy a hands-on experience as they operate a four-axle diesel-electric locomotive that as built by General Electric in 1949 and weighs over 20 tons!
Popular fun-filled events that occur seasonally include Rails 'n Ales, a beer-tasting train ride along the waterfront supported by some of Portland's award-winning breweries, and the Ice Cream Train, where visitors can enjoy a free ice cream on a scenic ride along the waterfront to Casco Bay.
A new venture on offer at the Museum is a wine-tasting and sunset train ride. Partnering with Sommelier Erica Archer, the event includes a sampling of five different wines paired with delicious snacks as the train meanders along the Portland waterfront at sunset. Museum docents are on hand to present a historical background of the railroad before ending the evening at the museum.
One of the most popular events of the year at the Museum is The Polar Express™ Train Ride. Held every season, the festive train is bedecked in holiday decorations and after meeting the Conductor of the train, visitors snack on hot chocolate and cookies as they listen to a reading of the story as they journey to the "North Pole." Santa joins the children on board to meet and greet and sing along to festive carols.
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