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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby Dick H » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:19 pm

Touch a Train, this Saturday June 10th.
http://www.mdislander.com/living/touch-a-train-2
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby shadyjay » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:03 pm

Rode the 10:30am Downeast Scenic train on Sunday July 23. Ordered tickets in advance - wasn't necessary but by departure time, there was a really descent crowd on board, many of them were walk-up sales. Getting to the depot area is well signed. The departure point is a platform behind the old MEC station. The train consist today was 3 cars: coach 155 "McNeil Point", the open car, and coach 123. Motive power was S-4 #1055. The train first proceeded east, stopping at a few crossings in town, then continuing to Ellsworth Falls. At that point, the engine uncoupled and ran around to the opposite end of the train, then we proceeded back through the depot area to Washington Jct. What was cool was a trip around the Washington Jct wye and right to the end of track on what would have been the Calais Branch, now a rail-trail. Got to view all the equipment in the yard from on board, including the 4-6-2 #470, currently under restoration. The staff was very professional and courteous. If you're in the Ellsworth/Bar Harbor area, be sure to check it out. Until then, here's the pics from my visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shadyjay/ ... 727253505/

Also while in Maine, I stopped by the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor and the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunk. Again, highly recommend these two as well! (pictures are also on my FLICKR page).
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby douellet » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:59 pm

Glad you enjoyed your ride on the Downeast Scenic RR. All of us who volunteer on the railroad appreciate your positive comments. Your photos were very nice. Also, track rehabilitation is progressing in Ellsworth Falls for the future expansion of the line headed west over the Union River.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby Cosmo » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:30 pm

douellet wrote: Also, track rehabilitation is progressing in Ellsworth Falls for the future expansion of the line headed west over the Union River.

Tell me, tel me, I IMPLORE! :-D

Seriously, I've been following your progress from afar ever since I worked at ALLEN'S Blueberry Freezer overlooking the tracks.
Is there a timeline for the bridge rehab?
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby douellet » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:41 pm

Maybe Leverett Fernald can answer your questions regarding the Union River Bridge rehabilitation which would be the responsibility of the MDOT. A lot of work has already been done in Ellsworth Falls. A new crossing west of Sunrise Glass and a new section of track east of Sunrise Glass have been completed as part of the Route 1A project. There are also new crossing signals at the Ellsworth High School crossing. It's really nice not having to stop and flag that crossing anymore.

I worked today's first run, and we had a very nice number of passengers on board. We're really pleased by support of all the people that ride with us on the Downeast Scenic RR. Also, I want to give a shout out to all the volunteers I saw working on steam locomotive 470 in Washington Junction today.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby bml1149 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:45 pm

Good evening,
Now that MDOT has completed the Route 179 intersection, they are now turning their attention on the Union River Bridge. Engineers are looking at it and are in the process of developing a scope of work. When that is completed, it will likely go out to bid. Where it is getting late in the season, actual construction may not begin until next spring. We will advise as soon as we know.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:01 pm

That is fantastic news!
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby Cosmo » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:39 pm

Yes, thank you!
That's exactly the kind of info I was hoping to get. :-)
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