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



Updated: 5/19/2018


Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 23rd at the Clarion Hotel in Portland. Announcement follows: MRG, Inc. (Maine Rail Group) PO Box 5494, Augusta, ME 04332 A non-profit group working to enhance rail service in Maine MAINE RAIL GROUP ANNUAL MEETING SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 MRG, Inc. will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting at the Clarion Hotel at 1230 Congress Street, Portland, Maine on Saturday, June 23. The Clarion is a short walk from the Portland Transportation Center and Downeaster train stop. Recognizing the important relationship between passenger rail service and regional development, we have invited representatives of Waterstone Retail Company, which recently announced plans for a major commercial development straddling the Mountain Division rail line in Westbrook and their ideas of establishing a commuter rail service from their site to the Portland Rail Station and possibly beyond to Commercial Street in Portland. Also confirmed to speak is David Swirk, president of Conway Scenic Railroad. Mr. Swirk with his wife Rhonda recently acquired ownership of CSRR from former president Russ Seybold. Recalling our positive experiences enjoyed with CSRR we welcome this opportunity for a glimpse of their vision for the future. PROGRAM 10am Clarion Hotel doors open for reception with light refreshments 11am Business Meeting: reports, Q&A, and election of directors. All are invited. Noon Luncheon: 1pm Speakers: Greg Day, Director of New Business, Waterstone Retail Josh Levy, Principal, Waterstone Retail 2pm Speaker: David Swick, President, Conway Scenic Railroad 3pm Adjourn Please clip and return the following registration form with check for lunch(es), by June 12th. Visit our web site (above) for updates. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: ____________________________ MRG, Inc. Member ? (Y)____ (N)____ Hot lunch order: ______Persons @15. pp* TOTAL ENCLOSED $____________ Vegetarian lunch requested (Y)____ Handicapped assistance requested (Y)____ Name(s): ____________________________________________________________________ * Address: ________________________________________________ State_____ Zip_________ *Names of additional persons: ________________________________________________________________________ Phone (Day):______________________________ (Eve.)__________________________ Email:________________________________________________________________________

Our new 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, and is available 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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