May 27, 2020
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Amtrak train makes stop in Rockland

ROCKLAND, Maine — An Amtrak train made a stopover on Thursday night and Friday in Rockland to get a look at the rail line north of Brunswick.

There are no plans to expand regular commuter service to Rockland, but a company spokesman said Amtrak is always looking at opportunities to expand.

Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said Friday that the company was invited by Maine Eastern Railroad to tour the line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland. Amtrak provides service as far north as Brunswick.

Aboard the train were representatives of Amtrak, Pan Am Railways, Maine Eastern and the Maine Department of Transportation.

“The trip was informative and valuable,” Schulz said.

He said considerable discussions would be required and a lot of work done before Amtrak service could extend to Rockland.

The train began its trip in Albany and went through upstate New York, down to Connecticut, across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and into Maine before it ended its inspection tour in Rockland, he said.

Maine Eastern provides seasonal excursion trips during the summer from Brunswick to Rockland as adjunct to its freight operations along the 56-mile Rockland line.

Nate Moulton, director of rail transportation for the Maine Department of Transportation, said Friday that there have been no discussions about extending the Amtrak service to Rockland. He said the state will be deciding in about the next month whether to seek competitive proposals for operation of the Rockland line.

Maine Eastern has run the line since 2003.


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