Video: The Train’s Here! Amtrak Downeaster Rolls into Brunswick

The Train’s Here! from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

The inaugural train from Boston to Freeport and Brunswick arrived yesterday, Nov. 1, to much cheering, whistling and horn blaring. The Amtrak Downeaster will make twice-daily trips between Brunswick and Portland starting today. Officials and politicians, including U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, rode the inaugural train and at station stops praised the numerous people behind the successful train extension, which took two years to complete. The Washington Post reports that the Downeaster just had a record year, with 528,292 passengers, and ridership is expected to grow by an additional 36,000 passengers with the expanded service.

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  1. Unbelievably cool!

    The last time I rode a train in Maine was in 1960 or 1961. I can now board a train in Newark NJ and go all the way to Brunswick on the rails (with two connections in Boston). Anybody who has ever ridden a train (as I have, all over the world) knows that the train beats a bus hands down comfort-wise. And as for air travel – incomparable in terms of energy efficiency. The Chinese, Japanese and Europeans all know this. Maybe it is American’s turn to get “back on track”.

    The cost? $96 to $207, depending on service. The trip would take 9 – 12 hours, but with wi-fi and power for gadgets, it is just a day. Flying is faster, but with check-in and security, you still burn up the better part of a day.


  2. Antoinette Littlejohn says:

    Go Brunswick & Goooo Bowdoin! I took the Downeaster in on Friday evening. I needed to see my son in the play, End of Summer.
    Given the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, coming in from NJ/NY airports was not desirable; getting in from Portland would not have been as hassle free as the train (Downeaster). The ride was smooth, the Inn was steps away from the train stop and the college was right across the street. It is a welcomed service. Clearly this is government money that was well invested. As a Bowdoin parent, this
    route makes things a lot easier for our son to go between school and home during holidays. My oh my, how we welcome this convenient & very necessary service.

  3. Thom Wooten says:

    Now I can visit my old College and do not have to worry about driving.

    I had to rely on notices in the MU regarding students driving south to Boston to get off campus. The bus took so long and seemed to stop at everyone’s house.

    It is also a boost to the local economy.

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