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Presque Isle Maine Interurbans

Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New England

Aroostook Valley TrolleyThe Aroostook Valley Railroad was a railroad that operated between Presque Isle and Caribou, Maine from the early 1900s to 1996. The railroad operated maroon interurban cars with gray roofs until 1945. Passenger service to New Sweden was discontinued in the late 1930s.

During its early years, the railroad made about twice as much from freight traffic (mostly potatoes!) than from passenger service. Normal operations called for a train to make one round trip per day between Presque Isle and Caribou. Passenger travel declined through the 1920s and 1930s but military freight traffic became significant with the onset of World War II.

Presque Isle Area Map

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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life

Presque Isle

  • 1902 - Maine Railroad Commission granted approval
    1910 - Presque Isle to Washburn (10.8 miles)
    1911 - Presque Isle to New Sweden (added an additional 11.3 miles)
    1912 - Presque Isle to Caribou (added an additional 7.13 miles - 32 miles total)
    1932 - Controlling interest sold to the Canadian Pacific (CP). CP discontinued use of electricity and switched to diesel.
    1945 - All passenger service was discontinued
    1996 - Last freight run - Engines and passenger cars were sold to collectors and the track lanes are now snowmobile trails.

Further Details

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Source/Credits

Woodman

The Electric Interurban Railways in America
by George Woodman Hilton, ‎John Fitzgerald

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - 1924 - Maine

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