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Rockingham Racer wrote: ↑Tue May 04, 2021 6:54 am When the sixth round trip is added, anyone care to speculate as to where in the schedule will the trains be put?Going by the current summer schedule, and making the assumption that they still want to introduce the morning short turn at Wells to provide NB commuter service to Portland as a priority over an additional Boston R/T, I would say a 5 Am departure from Brunswick, arriving at Wells c. 6:30, taking 15 minutes (a pure guess on my part) to do the brake test and anything else required to switch the control end, leaving Wells at 6:45 for an arrival at Portland at 7:30 Am.
Gilbert B Norman wrote:Mr. O'Keefe, lest we forget, Portland, even if geographically South of you, is "up there"; for, as a Fairfield Navy Cadet, if I were to sail up your way on a Broad Reach with the prevailing SW wind, I'm sailing "down there"Hence "down east" ...
Maine legislators are considering two bills to study expanded passenger rail service in the state, while some residents would like to see state-owned rail corridors used for recreational trails. Currently, Maine’s only rail service, the Downeaster to Boston, terminates at Brunswick. WMTW-TV reports sponsors hope to have 90% of the state’s residents live within an hour of rail service. One of the two bills would study an extension about 20 miles northwest to Lewiston and Auburn; the other would provide analysis of an extension about 110 miles north and east to Augusta and Bangor. Lines exist on both routes but would require upgrades and the construction of stations and platforms.
Arborwayfan wrote: ↑Wed May 19, 2021 12:06 pm What particular advantage does being an hour from a train station have? How many people in Ellsworth who have a car would drive to Bangor to take the train to Augusta or Portland? Would that really be a big benefit? And with the same money, or less money, couldn't they have a nice long-distance bus, with connections to rail trunk lines, stop within 10 mins of 90% of the population of Maine?Bangor to Ellsworth is closer to 35 mins, not an hour, unless there is absolutely horrific traffic on 1A.