Our Mission: The Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust was established out of a respect for the past and a vision for the future.
The mission of the Trust is to celebrate and preserve the railroad history of Downeast Maine. Our immediate and primary goal is to develop the Downeast Scenic Railroad for the education, enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations.
At the core of the Downeast Scenic Railroad Project is the rehabilitation of the Washington Junction/Ellsworth to Green Lake section of the Calais Branch Line to create a 24-mile round- trip excursion ride. This stretch of the Calais Branch Line provides exceptional views of wetland marshes, glacial erratica including massive boulders, river and stream crossings, Little Rocky Pond and Green Lake. While working on this stretch of the line we have observed many forms of wildlife including osprey, Blue herons, Bald Eagles, moose, deer, snapping turtles, beavers…and bears, just west of Green Lake Road!