This new connection attracts interest from several states away, and will increase the value of each of the stops.
Living in New Jersey, I would like to ride this historic equipment, and take a ride on the Downeaster. I've been considering this trip for some time, when the Maine Eastern was running, then declined when the passenger server ended.
So, from NYP->BBY-BON-BRK, roughly 7 hours on the train, with a small transfer time. So, my earliest arrival in Brunswick is 3:10, the second Downeaster of the day. First one arrives 12:10. If the service starts with two round trips daily, surely, they would depart earlier than 12:10. This means to ride to Rockland, I need TWO overnight stays in Brunswick, making the trip to Rockland a single day round trip.
Two nights in Brunswick, one needs to eat, drink & make merry.
Now, it's my guesstimation that this service will sell out quickly, does anyone know where we will be able to get tickets?