The Library of the New England Electric Railway Historical Society is located at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. The collection contains many photographs, postcards, articles, magazines, books, as well as many artifacts of the streetcar era. The items in the collection have come from individuals who have donated their own personal collections as well as items the Society has acquired.  Some collections are available for viewing online.

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 Scanned Collections & Items Viewable Online


Type 3 Streetcar Blueprint

This collection contains  ~600 blueprints and technical drawings from the West End Street Railway and the Boston Elevated Railway, spanning from 1891 to 1954.




Photographs, Maps, and Postcards

Odd Fellows Building, Biddeford, ME, Postcard

  Photographs, Maps, and Postcards from the collection.
Mostly Maine and New England (for now).

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Cataloged Items (Not digitized yet.)


Books and Print Media

 Our books and other print media are cataloged online at our Library Thing page.
(Only the catalog is online - no scans or text of the cataloged materials.)  Our listings are updated periodically as we catalog additional materials.

 The New England Electric Railways Tourism Collection

A collection of tourism brochures and travel guides for the New England region.  Includes annuals like the Trolley Wayfinder and Trolley Trips Around New England.

Tourism Collection

The O.R. Cummings Negative Collection

This negative collections primarily covers the State of Maine, but includes other U.S. cities and some international lines.  Data includes company, city and state, car builder, number and type, with descriptions and remarks.

The O.R. Cummings Maine Electric Railways Collection

A collection of 48 albums of images, documenting every electric railway that ran in the state of Maine.  No actual photos yet, but the data includes the company,descriptions, and dates for each image.