The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad never made it to Greenville

The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad by Joey Kelley, and published by North Country Press, is a very interesting history of Waldo County’s railroad.

And before you criticize me for thinking Moosehead Lake is in Waldo County, let me inform you that this railroad never made it to Moosehead lake and Greenville.

While the story is interesting (the railroad was launched 150 years ago), I really loved the many historic photos.

Joe Kelley is a railroad historian, photographer, and volunteer with the Brooks Preservation Society. He’s been involved with the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad off and on since 2004 and was once a paid employee of the railroad’s Preservation Society.

And yes, the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad is still going, operated as a tourist ride by the Brooks Preservation Society. While it’s a lot shorter ride, it really sounds like fun.

Take a ride on the railroad this summer! And be sure to take along this book.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.