Rode the 10:30am Downeast Scenic train on Sunday July 23. Ordered tickets in advance - wasn't necessary but by departure time, there was a really descent crowd on board, many of them were walk-up sales. Getting to the depot area is well signed. The departure point is a platform behind the old MEC station. The train consist today was 3 cars: coach 155 "McNeil Point", the open car, and coach 123. Motive power was S-4 #1055. The train first proceeded east, stopping at a few crossings in town, then continuing to Ellsworth Falls. At that point, the engine uncoupled and ran around to the opposite end of the train, then we proceeded back through the depot area to Washington Jct. What was cool was a trip around the Washington Jct wye and right to the end of track on what would have been the Calais Branch, now a rail-trail. Got to view all the equipment in the yard from on board, including the 4-6-2 #470, currently under restoration. The staff was very professional and courteous. If you're in the Ellsworth/Bar Harbor area, be sure to check it out. Until then, here's the pics from my visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shadyjay/ ... 727253505/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Also while in Maine, I stopped by the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor and the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunk. Again, highly recommend these two as well! (pictures are also on my FLICKR page).