CSX M426-22 passed through Springfield MA at 0036 Friday 6/23/23 with AllEarth RDC AEAX 2003 on the marker - presumably heading to the Midcoast Railservice at Brunswick?
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After a seven-year absence, seasonal passenger excursions on the scenic 57-mile route resumed as of July 15, 2023...Ten Thousand Percent better than Boston Surface Railroad's website. Links to social media, TOS, privacy, ticketing etc don't go anywhere yet. Tip: get that Facebook page going ASAP, lol.
TRAINS wrote:BATH, Maine — The first stage of what Midcoast Railservice President Mike Smith says is a “sequential laboratory experiment” he expects to culminate in scheduled passenger service between Rockland and Brunswick, Maine, is set to begin this weekend at Bath Heritage Days.Read more at: https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews ... -in-maine/
On display at Bath, about 9 miles from the Brunswick terminus of Amtrak Downeasters runs from Boston, will be a Budd Rail Diesel Car modified by Midcoast’s parent, Finger Lakes Railway. Visitors will be able to tour the car Friday, June 30, to Monday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The RDC, which Midcoast now brands as a “Coastliner,” recently arrived from Finger Lakes’ Geneva, N.Y., shops, where it was upgraded with an Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant bathroom. Once a second car arrives, train crew qualification runs will begin on the 56-mile Rockland-Brunswick route that Midcoast leases from the state of Maine to operate both freight and passenger service.
Following a period of training and testing, the first official public activity will be offered during the annual Maine Lobster Festival at Rockland, August 4-6. Four daily introductory round trips are planned on a first-come, first-served basis from Rockland station to the Thomaston waterfront.They also say the eventual plan is to offer a daily round trip between Brunswick and Rockland, as well as a short-turn going as far as Newcastle.