Title

"The Talk of Portland" piece profiling Phineas Sprague, 45, of Portland, the own

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

9-1-1994

Pages

7-10

Abstract

"The Talk of Portland" piece profiling Phineas Sprague, 45, of Portland, the owner of the former Portland Co. complex on the Portland waterfront, and one of the movers behind the controversial idea of ringing the city's Eastern Promenade with a narrow-gauge sightseeing railroad. Sprague and a dedicated group of volunteers formed the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, who raised more than $1 million in donations, pledges, and loans to buy tbe two-foot engines and cars of the Edaville Railroad Co. of South Carver, Mass. Sprague's plans and plans for a Gulf of Maine Aquarium are opposed by those who fear that Portland would be transformed into Disney World North. Among the opponents is Eastern Promenade resident John Wirtz, who sees the railroad as an intrusion of private enterprise upon a public space, namely Eastern Promenade.

Subjects

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co & Museum Portland, Railroads, Sprague, Phineas Jr

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