brv_iconBoothbay Railway Village


The Boothbay Railway Village has both an R and S stamp with the capabilities of fabricating and repairing historic steam boilers. Our active machine shop offers consultations, professional advise and evaluations to other museums and private owners. Our ability to perform code work on boilers is unique in the museum field. We are fortunate to able to keep our locomotives and those of other historic preservation efforts in proper operating condition. The funds earned through contract work in our shop directly support the Museum’s general operating fund.

Boothbay Railway Village

brv_state Located in Boothbay, in lower coastal Maine, the Boothbay Railway Village features a variety of antique transportation exhibits, including a loop of 2' narrow gauge track and a stable of rare Henschel well tank steamers made in Germany. The village has an operating steam shop for servicing and overhauling its locomotives as well as for contract work for other narrow gauge operations.

Boothbay Railway Village map

BRV overview map / collection

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Motive Power

Boothbay Railway Village #6

  • builder:Henschel & Sohn, Germany
  • arrangement:0-4-0 well tank
  • built:1934
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 2' gauge
    to Boothbay Railway Village, 1969
  • builder

    Henschel & Son (German: Henschel und Sohn) was a German company, located in Kassel, best known during the 20th century as a maker of transportation equipment, including locomotives, trucks, buses and trolleybuses, and armoured fighting vehicles and weapons. Georg Christian Carl Henschel founded the factory in 1810 at Kassel. His son Carl Anton Henschel founded another factory in 1837. In 1848, the company began manufacturing locomotives. The factory became the largest locomotive manufacturer in Germany by the 20th century. Henschel built 10 articulated steam trucks, using Doble steam designs, for Deutsche Reichsbahn railways as delivery trucks. Several cars were built as well, one of which became Hermann Göring's staff car. In 1935 Henschel was able to upgrade its various steam locomotives to a high-speed Streamliner type with a maximum speeds of up to 140 km/h (87 mph) by the addition of a removable shell over the old steam locomotive.


    tag_spot Boothbay #7 Rebuild

    HawkinsRails thanks Virginia railfan Tom Ledford for use of his #7 rebuild photos

    Rolling Stock




    My family and I spent two weeks of summer 2006 along the lower coast of Maine, and three helpings of Maine narrow gauge steam suited me just fine. The first helping was the Boothbay Railway Village, where we caught up with my Virginia railfan buddy Tom Ledford (pictured above). The BRV German well tanks are great little engines, and the Village has kept them in fine form over the years. The wooden closed coach was handmade by a Maine boat builder in the mid 1960s. Though the trip is short, a ride around the Boothbay loop is well worth it -- several times.

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    This page was updated on 2017-08-22