For those of you that may not know (which is most of you) I’ve been a train nut since i was little. I was fascinated watching the Erie Lackawanna trains pass through the town i grew up in. So riding as many trains as possible on this trip is a dream come true. The first was in Ellsworth Maine.
The Down East Scenic Railroad is owned and operated by the by the Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, a non profit organization. The mission of the Trust is to celebrate and preserve the railroad history of Downeast Maine. Their immediate and primary goal is to develop the Downeast Scenic Railroad for the education, enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations (and oldster rail buffs like me).
The Downeast runs from Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekend with 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM runs. The round-trip tour travels from Ellsworth, Maine, on the historic Calais Branch Line of the former Maine Central Railroad to Ellsworth Falls and then to Washington Junction and back to Ellsworth. The ten-mile trip takes approximately 90 minutes.
To learn more about this step back into the past go to http://www.downeastscenicrail.org/ride/
There are a number of other Maine Central lines that are being restored. The branch into Bangor is still an active freight line.