Maine's best kept secret tourist attraction: Transport Treasures

posted on: Monday, 25 September 2017

The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
This will be my 37th summer in Southern Maine, in the United States. After such a length of time, you start to believe you know a place backwards and forwards. You have your lobster guy, your favourite beach spot, the best place for fried clams and the store owners you know won't give you the "tourist price" on things. This place is my second home. So yes, I like to think there is very little that can surprise me when it comes to tourist attractions etc. Only, this summer, I discovered a museum that's been around since 1939 and I had no idea it ever existed before 2017. I was having a look over local Instagram pictures when I came across a landscape of abandoned antique buses and found myself digging into location details. The picture in question was taken at The Seashore Trolley Museum, a site that was a mere minutes from home. The name, and I'm being honest here, initially put me off. I'm not a huge trolley fan. In fact, I don't think I've ever even taken a Maine tourist trolley in all my years coming here. But, there was something about the imagery that seemed positively magical. So, I rallied the family and a day of it was made. What we uncovered blew my mind. I say this now, because I am not the sort of person to talk about such museums here on FFG. However, if you're wondering where my Trench Coat feature was shot... yeah, I decided this was a good a place as any to shoot a fashion editorial and the pictures herewith will tell you everything you need to know. 

The Seashore Trolly Museum is, first of all, the world's oldest and largest museum of mass transport vehicles. And before you start thinking, "ugh, I don't just want to walk around a bunch of big buses and trains," let me just reassure you that this is a full step back in time as you get to step onto the vehicles themselves. When you step onto an old trolley, bus or train, you are truly stepping into history. The transport vehicles have been lovingly restored and feature beautiful aged details including original advertisements on the walls, leather fittings, antique wood inlay, leather seat cushions and more. You can walk, sit and stand as if you yourself were transported back in time, and that's what makes this 100% worth adding to your "must visit" list. Now, a few facts and figures before we get to the pictures. These are basically just things you need to know. First of all, there are over 250 vehicles on display. The vehicles come from all over the world, not simply Maine! And a great many of the trolleys are still in working order. The Trolley Museum run these trolleys throughout the day on a track where you and your family can jump on board and see a beautiful Maine landscape while travelling as one would in days of old. Sadly, the museum isn't open year round (open May-October), but anyone who has experienced a Maine winter knows why. 

Now that you know the important bits, let's get your truly involved with some picturesque proof that this is a wonderland of fun. Yes, I just said this. But really, I haven't had so much fun in a museum in decades. You must see this place...

The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum
The Seashore Trolley Museum