- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

GRAY, Maine (AP) - Voters in Gray will decide whether to approve a proposal to grant the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum nearly $500,000 to help fund its move from Portland.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2cD3Rhx ) the town council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to send the question to a referendum. The grant would help the nonprofit cover startup costs including land acquisition, design work and permitting fees.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad offers rides in a historic passenger train along Portland’s eastern waterfront. The museum has a lease agreement through 2017, but landowners plan to develop the property.

The new nonprofit museum is expected to open in Gray in 2018.

An economic impact study says visitors would bring $1.2 million annually to the town.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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