Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad will offer train rides tor and from the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

Trains will depart from Thorndike and Unity Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24, carrying fair attendees to the center of the MOFGA Fairgrounds. Brooks Preservation Society, which leases the track from Belfast to Burnham, offers runs approximately every 20 minutes from 8:40 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8:40 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This year, both depots will be at a new location. The Thorndike depot will run out of the historic Farwell Mill buildings on Route 139, east side of the track. That ticket office is the last building from the road, with a “lumber” sign over the door. The Unity depot will run out of Envirem Organics on Cornshop Road. The Thorndike Depot will offer beverages and snacks for purchase, music and free tours of the 1873 Mill and Museum Store.

Traffic tip: During the fair, Route 139 is the least-traveled route out of Winterport, Monroe and Belfast and offers easy entry to the Thorndike train parking.

Fares for the train alone are $15 for adults and $5 for children; a combination train/fair ticket will cost $23 for adults or $20 for senior citizens.

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