Bangor & Aroostook (Ah-ROOS-took): "Maine's Potato Road." From 1870 to 1890, potato production in Aroostook County increased 60-fold despite high freight charges.
Organized under the General Laws of Maine on February 13, 1891
Freight business thrived into the late 1950's when the railroad, helped by toy-train maker Lionel's version - became famous for its red-white-and-blue refrigerated boxcars for potatoes that proudly proclaimed, "State of Maine Products."
Bangor & Aroostook's passenger service was a modest affair, although the railroad took good care of its passengers. The B&A continued to make money through the depression and into the 1950's. Bus operations in the northeast was the beginning of the end for passenger service.