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Passenger train ride coming to the Valley

FORT KENT, Maine — Community members will have the opportunity to ride the rails this summer on a Fish River Passenger Train Ride.  

Maine Northern Railway, along with the Fort Kent Lion’s Club will sponsor three passenger train rides departing from the historic Fort Kent train station to Soldier Pond and back again on Saturday, Aug. 19.

“It will be a nice way to see Fort Kent from a different standpoint,” said Lion Kris Malmborg. “The train will be following the Fish River for part of the ride and will cross the river at least at one point.”

Malmborg added that the day of train hopping also will help keep local history alive as it will draw people to the train station who otherwise might not have visited the site, which the Fort Kent Historical Society maintains on Market Street.

“I’ve lived in this town my whole life and this will be my first time there,” he said.

Lion member and chairman of the Fish River Passenger Train Ride Roy Bernard organized the event.

“He came up with the idea very late in winter and literally ran with the whole thing and made it happen in a hurry,” Malmborg said.

Maine Northern Railway will supply the train and passenger cars for the rides which will last about two hours each. The KTC Brain Freeze ice cream truck will be present at the event and other refreshments also may be available.

Departure times are 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and $15 for children under 12-years-old. Tickets are available at Nadeau’s House of Flooring, Pelletier Ford, and Chasse Chiropractic in Madawaska.

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