Our New Vision
TrainRiders Northeast brought the Downeaster to Portland, ME in 2001 and Brunswick ME in 2012. Our New Vision: An across the platform, Amtrak connection at Boston’s North Station, serving Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven & New York’s Penn Station. Our continued success depends on your donation. Use our PayPal button to help us reach this goal. Many thanks for your continued support. Wayne Davis, Chairman
From Wayne Davis
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Richard Anderson became president of Amtrak last July, and served as co-chief executive officer with retired railroad president Wick Moorman until last December, when he became the sole occupant of that position as well, serving without a salary. Prior to that, he had served as CEO at Delta Airlines from 2007-2016, when he became executive chairman at that company.
Mr. Anderson’s early messages seemed reasonable and even encouraging, recognizing the need for infrastructure improvements, better equipment, and higher speeds, as well as indicating that privatization of the service would probably not work. Now, however, his actions are causing rumblings among those, such as TrainRiders NE, who want passenger rail service to survive and thrive in this country. His steps include:
- Elimination of discounts for veterans and AAA members.
- Elimination of the Coastal Starlight Parlor cars (and calling for them to be sold as scrap to boot)
- Elimination of in-train tour guides on some western trains
- Elimination of private cars and private charter runs
- Proposed elimination and scrapping of the dome car which has joined the Downeaster for the past two years to much acclaim and popularity
- Elimination, starting on June 1 of dining cars on the Lake Shore Limited between Boston and New York City to Chicago, as well as on the Capitol Limited between Washington, DC and Chicago, leaving sleeping car passengers with “chilled” meals to eat in their compartments, (contemporary cuisine they’re calling it) and coach passengers will have access only to a café car for these overnight trains
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Welcome to our friends from the Trains Magazine weekly newsletter.
TrainRiders/Northeast is a grass roots organization formed in 1989 that initiated legislation that brought the Amtrak Downeaster to the Brunswick-Portland-Boston route thus restoring passenger rail service to Northern New England after a 40-year absence. Our Train Host program consists of volunteers who serve on board the Downeaster as goodwill ambassadors, promoting patronage of "America's Favorite Train", providing passengers with travel and tourist information, assisting train crews in duties as requested by them and encouraging rail safety.
You can relive the days of the Boston & Maine Railroad by purchasing Robert Willoughby Jones' beautifully illustrated books - "City & Shore" and "Forest, River and Mountain". You'll see the 'Age of Steam', the arrival of the diesels, the Budd cars and the closure of this historic passenger rail service. All these photographs are interwoven with a thoroughly nostalgic narrative. They make the perfect holiday gift for you, your family and friends.
If you join and become a member, you'll receive a discount. These two books sell for more than $100 each on Amazon! Here at TrainRiders/NE, they are properly priced and the income goes to support our continuing efforts to upgrade and expand passenger rail service in Northern New England.
Many thanks for your interest. Feel free to explore our site, read our newsletters and join TrainRiders/Northeast.
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Wayne Davis, Chairman of the Board, organized TrainRiders for the purpose of bringing Amtrak service back to Maine, New Hampshire and Northeastern Massachusetts. The result: the Downeaster, from Portland to Boston with stops in between.
When writing a story about passenger rail issues, Wayne should be one of your first contacts. He knows the history of Amtrak's return to New England and will marshal the facts for any writer. Click here for a higher resolution picture.
PO Box 4869
Portland, ME 04112
Office: 207 879-7245(TRY-RAIL)
Board of Directors - Officers
Bob Hall, Vice-Chair, NH
Jim Oikle, Treasurer, ME
William Hunt, Secretary
F. Bruce Sleeper, Esq., Treasurer & Counsel, ME
Jason Briggs, ME
Don Briselden, At Large, NH
Janet Brown, At Large, ME
Betsey Buckley, ME
John Carroll, NH
Nicholas Catoggio, MA
Michael Duprey, At Large
Ellen Fogg, ME
Henry Goode, NH
Robert Hall, NH
William Hunt, NH
Andrew Hyland, ME
Margo Knight, ME
Valarie Lamont, ME
William Lord, ME
James Oikle, ME
Stephen Piper, NH
Robert Rodman, At Large
Paula Boyer Rougny, At Large
Fred Smith, MA
Mary Starr, ME
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Supporting the continuation and expansion of passenger rail service in New England is our objective, and your active membership can go a long way in accomplishing this goal.
Below are some of the membership options. The Downeaster and other services are in your hands. We pledge to work diligently on your behalf with the Rail Authority, federal, state and local officials in order to keep passenger rail growing in New England.
If you wish to print out a membership application, click here.
But why not save a stamp and an envelope, use your credit card now to join or renew.