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Since the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth Railroad opened for business in 1842, Kittery has been served by rail.
Through historic photographs, maps, and memorabilia, this presentation will trace of the rise and fall of the PS&P, Eastern, Boston & Maine, and York Harbor & Beach railroads.
We will also point out the lasting remnants that are a part of our daily lives. We'll look at the history of the three railroad bridges across the Piscataqua and the famous 1939 wreck of the 3666. We'll also touch on the remaining rail service to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Eric Reuter is a Kittery native and enthusiastic railroad photographer and historian. He has spent many years researching the timelines, equipment, structures and other minutiae of the many railroads that have served the Seacoast region.
His current project is a photographic chronicle of the construction of the
new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which can be found at
This is also our Quarterly Membership Meeting for the Museum.
Please become a supporting member of Kittery's museum. Even better, think about volunteering. Being a volunteer is easy... and it's free. The time commitment is up to you. Our crew is friendly and loves to talk history, so call or email soon.
One possibility, for a few hours a week, is to staff the Museum when it re-opens in late Spring. Last year, we were visited by hundreds of people, from 43 U.S. states and 10 foreign countries! We helped them to learn just a little about Kittery.
Another possibility — with varying time commitment — is to apply for a special project. We can use your experience, skill, or knowledge. Want to engage with Kittery history... or help a local non-profit organization? Please tell us!
See you at the Museum!
We seek to create greater awareness of the history of Kittery, its role in American history, and our cultural and maritime heritage. We welcome suggestions for events and exhibits that are consistent with our mission. Thanks for participating in the Museum!