Dear Sun Spots: You have been so helpful in the past.

Could you please print the name of the drop-off location for the clothing for women returning to the workforce. I had the address but I misplaced it. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Linda Sherwood, founder of Aliyuh Consulting, and a group of volunteers from the Maine Women’s Network have launched Classy Lady Boutique, a nonprofit clothing boutique for women in need of professional, affordable clothes.

The group has rented space at 165 Lisbon St., the earlier location of Manic Designs before Manic moved to 114 Lisbon St. The boutique is seeking donations of gently used, quality professional clothes and accessories for the store’s inventory, as well as volunteers to help get the space ready. The group is planning a fall opening. There are plans to offer more than just clothes at Classy Lady. Career counseling is on the list, an outreach effort by the Androscoggin chapter of the women’s network. There are also plans to have color and makeup consultations at Classy Lady. The idea is to make women feel as self-confident as possible as they enter or reenter the workforce.

Clothing donations may be dropped off at Fleet Bank, 993 Lisbon St.; at The Hartford Agency, 10 Falcon Road (behind Sparetime Recreation); and, as of Aug. 31, at the Classy Lady Boutique, 165 Lisbon St.

The group is also asking for donations of paint, carpeting, office equipment and lighting fixtures for the store. Financial donations are also welcomed.

Sherwood said people who want more details about donations or more information about Classy Lady may contact her at (207) 786-9750, or send e-mail to [email protected], or visit the Web site at www.classylady.net.

Dear Sun Spots: Do you or any readers have a list of the old train stations in Lewiston? What trains ran and to where? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots corresponded with Larry Cannon, who is a member of the Great Falls Model Railroad Club, has done numerous appraisals on model train collections and is what Sun Spots would call a real train buff.

Cannon says the best research source he knows of for questions on the Maine Central Railroad is the 470 Club, which is the historical society for the railroad. It was founded 50 years ago and named after No. 470, the last steam engine in passenger service on the Maine Central, according to the club’s Web site.

Annual dues of $15 include a monthly newsletter. Monthly meetings are held in Westbrook. You can reach them at their Web site at www.470rrclub.org. Mailing address is P.O. Box 641, Portland, ME 04011.

Cannon says that “Along the Rails” (Kirk F. Mohney, editor) was published in 2000. It is an index with pictures of still-existing railroad buildings in Maine. Cannon thinks both the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries may have copies. The Androscoggin Historical Society has a few pictures of railroad structures.

Cannon notes that there were a lot of railroad structures in the area. Maine Central operated the existing line, the Lower which came into Lewiston from Brunswick, ended just before Main Street and a line from the Lower near the Lisbon line through Sabattus to Leeds Junction.

Lewiston and Auburn Railroad ran from Lincoln Street out past the airport and Grand Trunk operated that railroad and what is today’s St. Lawrence and Atlantic. This does not include at least four street railways (trolley lines), which ran out of Lewiston.

The trains that ran out of the stations ranged from single trolley cars or coaches pulled behind one engine to the Bar Harbor Express running three sections (three separate trains) because the demand was so heavy.

Sun Spots, who has ridden the train in Ireland, England, Wales and here in the U.S., would love to hear from other readers with their train memories.

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