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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by NHV 669
 
Both units and 20 cars westbound to Brunswick yesterday.
  by markhb
 
The Rockland Courier-Gazette has noticed that the MaineDOT Work Plan includes $3 million to restore passenger service Brunswick-Rockland, in the form of DMUs to be operated by Finger Lakes. Unlike the former Maine Eastern service which ran heritage units, FL is currently refurbishing cars for ADA compliance. Fair use clip:
Finger Lakes Railway proposes round trips each day from Rockland to Brunswick. From May through October, the plan is to have two daily round-trip trains on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The train would make stops in Newcastle, Damariscotta, Wiscasset and Bath as well. A stop in Waldoboro is also under consideration.

Under the plan, self-propelled rail cars would be used with the number of cars dependent on the number of passengers. Each rail car can carry 80 people.

No announcement has been made on when the service would start if the plan moves ahead.
If one wishes to compare to the Maine Eastern service, I've found that searching the interwebs for 2014_MERR_Schedule.pdf will find several copies stashed about. I believe that was the fullest build-out of their service.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
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No need to search. Download here.
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  by FatNoah
 
The Rockland Courier-Gazette has noticed that the MaineDOT Work Plan includes $3 million to restore passenger service Brunswick-Rockland,
This is awesome news. I've regretted not riding this line when it was possible with MERR.
  by markhb
 
Thanks, @MaineCoonCat!

If they actually start selling tickets, I'll have to dig up the Wikipedia template I created for the MERR service!
  by artman
 
FatNoah wrote: Fri Feb 03, 2023 10:23 am This is awesome news. I've regretted not riding this line when it was possible with MERR.
I rode it once back in 2010ish. There were torrential rains on the way up from Brunswick and the windows were fogged up the whole trip. Returning to the Rockland station the next day to come back down, the station agent ran out to us to tell us there was a track washout, and that we'd have to take Concord coach back to Brunswick.

Real bummer, was not able to see the amazing (I hear) scenery either way, so i wil b e on this new service as ASAP!
  by MaineCoonCat
 
I can testify to it being a nice ride..

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Crossing the Sheepscot, 2011
  by eustis22
 
I think this was the last run of the Maine Eastern or one of the very last:

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  by NHV 669
 
Both units and 14 cement loads west today, sounds like there will be an announcement regarding passenger service in the not too distant future.
  by NHV 669
 
11 cement loads west, 13 empties east today.
  by NHV 669
 
12 loads west, 9 empties east today.
  by NHV 669
 
Both units and 20 loads WB through Thomaston at 08:23.
  by JBlaisdell
 
I noticed a bunch of cars on the Lower Road just before it crosses US 1 in Brunswick. Are they making the interchange there due to space at the Amtrak facility?
  by NHV 669
 
Must be. Apparently PO-3 is only making a single trip a week up there.
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