On Saturday, July 7, the Boothbay Railway Village will host a meeting of antique engines and other early mechanical devices in partnership with the Maine Antique Power Association and Pine Tree Boating Club, the Maine chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club International.

Engine buffs and lovers of all things mechanical will enjoy this opportunity to see “one lungers” and other early gasoline, diesel and steam engines operate and to learn about them first-hand from their owners.

The annual Antique Engine Meet is also the rare chance to see the Museum’s “Otto” engine operate. This engine was once owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied by engineering students. It’s a 36-horsepower single-cylinder engine that was designed by and named for Nikolaus August Otto.

Otto didn’t invent the internal combustion engine but he did define and implement the four cycles which made the engine commercially viable. It’s an impressive and very big piece of early technology weighing 11,000 pounds with a six-foot diameter flywheel.

The Museum will also be offering a small, curated sale of some recently acquired outboards that duplicate those already in the collection. These will only be available to those to attend the meet — please no phone or email inquiries.

The Boothbay Railway Village, situated on thirty acres in Boothbay, is a non-profit 501(c)3 museum dedicated to preserving Maine’s railroading heritage, interpreting the evolution of the automobile during the early twentieth century and conserving architecture and objects that tell the story of village life in Maine from 1850-1950.

Museum guests are invited to step back in time to ride the rails behind a vintage steam or diesel locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village. The highlight for many visitors is the superb collection of 60 antique automobiles from a 1902 Rambler to a 1962 Rolls Royce.

The Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hourly steam train departures between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for children. Museum Members and children under 3 are free, and well-behaved and leashed four-legged friends are welcome.

Contact the Boothbay Railway Village for more information at 633-4727, or online at railwayvillage.org.  The Boothbay Railway Village is located at 586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27 in Boothbay, Maine.

For more information, contact executive director Margaret Hoffman, at 350-9639.