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Transportation Museum launches Winter Education Series

Photo courtesy of Owls Head Transportation Museum

Terry Harper will discuss the Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.
Photo courtesy of Owls Head Transportation Museum Terry Harper will discuss the Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.
Posted Jan. 04, 2013, at 10:01 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 1 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

Location: Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum St., Owls Head, Maine

For more information: 207-594-4418; owlshead.org

OWL’S HEAD, Maine — Terry Harper will explore the history of one of Maine’s most remote rail lines with “From Nowhere to Nowhere: Edouard Lacroix’s Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad,”  at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum St.  Admission is free.

Harper will discuss 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 reclaiming engines from the 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 “Introduction to Metal Shaping” on Saturday, Feb. 23.  Programs are free to the public, thanks to the support of the Museum’s Lang Education Center.

The schedule is:

* Jan. 26: “Feathers & Flight.” Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings, a bird sanctuary in Dresden, Maine, will bring four birds of prey, including a golden eagle, to discuss the magic of flight.

* Feb. 9: “Horse Drawn Freighting in America.” Nick Buck will return to the Education Series to explore how America moved freight in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

* Feb. 23: “Introduction to Metal Shaping.” Tim Watson will lead a class on the use of basic metal shaping tools and techniques.  Class size limited, call to register.  

* March 9: “Rockland’s Lime Rock Railroad.” A panel of local historians, including David Hoch, Larry Goldman, Gil Merriam and John Ware will address the history of the line.

* April 6: “The Trolley Parks of Maine.”  Amber Tatnall and Randy Leclair of the Seashore Trolley Museum will talk about some of Maine’s most popular Trolley Parks.

April 20: “Roadside Maine, A Nostalgic Journey Up Route 1.” Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth will present an illustrated talk comprised of postcard 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.

For information, call 207-594-4418 or visit www.owlshead.org.

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