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The entrance to Edaville USA, showing the narrow gauge railroad


The Edaville Railroad is a heritage railroad in South Carvermarker, Massachusettsmarker.

Opened in 1947, the Edaville Railroad is generally regarded as one of the oldest heritage railroads in the United States.

The Edaville Railroad is a narrow gauge line that operates excursion trains for tourists. It was built by the late Ellis D. Atwood (initials E.D.A, for which EDAVILLE is named) on his cranberry plantation at the beginning of Cape Codmarker.

History

Atwood purchased two locomotives and most of the passenger and freight cars when the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad was dismantled in 1941. After World War II he acquired two former Monson Railroad locomotives and some surviving cars from the defunct Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad in Mainemarker. This equipment ran on two-foot narrow gauge tracks, as opposed to the more common three-foot narrow gauge in the western United States.

The Edaville Railroad was operated for many years by seafood company owner F. Nelson Blount, who collected several static display locomotives for Edaville. Among these was the Boston and Maine Railroad's Flying Yankee. This helped form the basis for his Steamtownmarker collection, first located at Bellows Falls, Vermontmarker and later established as Steamtown National Historic Sitemarker in Scranton, Pennsylvaniamarker.

Blount also leased some of the 2ft equipment from Edaville to operate at two theme parks in the Northeast:



Sale and resurrection

Edaville ceased operations in 1991 and the equipment was sold to a party in Portland, Mainemarker, where it was put into operation on the newly-constructed Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museummarker along the shores of Casco Baymarker.

Several railroad enthusiasts fought to resurrect the railroad, and in 1999, the new Edaville Railroad opened for operation. The railroad has a 'new' steam locomotive, #21 "Anne Elizabeth", built by the English firm of Hudswell Clarke and a veteran of the Fiji sugar industry.

2005-present

In 2005, much of the original 5½ mile mainline was taken up, leaving the present mainline with an approximately 2 mile loop including about half of the line around the old reservoir.

Edaville USA, as it is now known, is a small theme park with cranberry harvesting and railroading as its two main themes. It is a well-known family attraction throughout New England.

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