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A non-profit group working to enhance rail service in Maine and New England



Updated: 7/11/2018


Our regularly scheduled meeting for July 18th has been cancelled. Our next Board Meeting will be in September as per schedule.

Our Annual Meeting was held June 23rd at the Clarion Hotel in Portland. Our two companies providing speakers were: The Waterstone Group, and Conway Scenic Railway. The primary speaker for Waterstone Group was Marc Guzzetta, who provided a very enlightening talk on their new redevelopment project for Portland and Westbrook, along the I-95 corridor. It will involve new localized businesses, a hotel, a large outdoor and indoor entertainment area, and multi-unit apartments. Along with the above, they are working to find a reliable train link to downtown Portland and to AMTRAK. Along with this possibility, is a hope to find more reasons to open the Mountain Division line toward New Hampshire. Our second speaker was David Swirk, the new owner of Conway Scenic Railway, who spoke of all the projects they are upgrading, including rail yard tours, bringing back steam, and new stops along their rail line. Both segments were very well received by all attendees. Along with our business meeting in which the Board of Directors were re-elected for another year, the Board re-elected the current officers to another term. The meal was excellent, and I heard no negative comments concerning any part of the meeting or meal. Thank you to all who attended.

Our 2018 New England Rail maps (rolled, folded or laminated) are available, as is 1910 version of the same New England area. They are all now available for mail purchasing. The order form is a .pdf form on our GET INVOLVED page. Even though the 1910 map is not on our order list, it is available only as a rolled paper map. The price is the same as our 2018 rolled paper map. To request one, simply write it plainly on the order form and enclose a check for the amount ordered. Another historical map available from us is a 1904 Railroad Commisioner's Map of Maine' railroads. It's size is slightly larger than the other maps. The price is the same as a rolled paper map and ordering one would be the same methode as the 1910 map.

Our next scheduled meeting will be July 18, 2018 at 6 PM thru 8 PM, at the Augusta City Hall, 1st floor.

Members and non-members alike, can assist with our program by promoting train ridership (AMTRAK and Commuter) to the rest of the public.

We encourage riding the DownEaster to points south and return, and for those to the South of us, come up to visit Portland, Freeport, Brunswick, and other Maine sites. It not only actually helps to reduce emissions to the atmosphere, but also helps to reduce traffic on our highways. It is also much less personal stress for the trip, and the cost is comparable, or even less than other means, depending on parking and final destination in Boston. Free Wi-Fi is always available. If you have not ridden the train - "Try it, you might even like it!"

AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT FROM MRG,Inc. and OPERATION LIFESAVER - "Any time you cross a railroad track, LOOK BOTH WAYS, before crossing!  You never know: If you don't look, it might be the last thing you don't do!*BE SAFE*"

A Huge "THANK YOU" to our military members and their families."






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