In the late 1980s and early 1990s Edaville ran into financial troubles, and subsequently shut down. The equpiment sat for a number of years, untouched. In 1993 much of the equipment was purchased by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, in Portland. The purchase kept the largest collection of two foot gauge railroad equipment together, and kept it from surely being divided at auction. The equipment was moved up to Portland in September of that year.
Since shutting down in the early '90s, there have been a few unsucessful attempts at reviving the popular attraction. However, in 1999, Cranrail Corp. secured a lease to the property, and on Labor Day weekend, 1999, Edaville was brought back to life. Most of the original buildings, which were reportedly in poor shape, have been demolished and replaced with brand new ones. There is no live steam yet, but there are hopes that there will be some by Christmas. I took the following photos on Monday, September 6, 1999, (opening weekend).
Edaville diesel-electric locomotive number 2 leads the train.
Edaville diesel-electric locomotive number 2.
A view of the coaches.
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