Amtrak Downeaster Service to Brunswick Surpasses Expectations (Portland Press Herald)

The Downeaster, photo by Michele Stapleton

The Amtrak Downeaster, which began passenger rail service to Brunswick Nov. 1, has carried nearly twice the number of people as projected. As the Portland Press Herald reports, many Bowdoin students took advantage of the new service, using it to travel home and back over their Thanksgiving holiday break.


  1. Dean Harring '72 says:

    Happy to hear this. I am looking forward to making the trip on Amtrak from Baltimore to Brunswick next Spring.

  2. M. Alvord '82 P'13 says:

    We were visiting daughter in Brunswick and relatives in N.H. early in November and had occasion to travel via the Amtrak route. It was a surprise to see so many others using the train that day. We were delighted to run into former Bowdoin Admissions Director Bill Mason ’63 at Maine Street Station who told us his had been the last Bowdoin class to be able to ride the train to Brunswick as First Years before passenger rail service was originally discontinued some 50 years ago. Hope the class of 1963 can take advantage of Amtrak for their reunion this coming May/June — it’s a terrific service!

  3. It’s only been a month…

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