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AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« on: February 09, 2009, 10:34:27 AM »
Steep Falls, ME based Rail Users' Network states in its Winter newsletter that:
  "The restoration of passenger service to Brunswick in 2010 should be viewed as the first step for extending service to Augusta, Waterville and beyond. Track rehabilitation and automatic grade crossings are needed for higher passenger speed service."
So, you guys and gals might need to start track toward Waterville so that you can meet the Amtrak train and take on passengers. I understand Amtrak and the Strassburg RR are planning this some day.
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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 11:08:42 AM »
A more realistic goal is extending toward Wiscasset and having a joint station with the Maine Eastern, who will meet Amtrak in Brunswick.

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 01:01:34 PM »
Wiscasset is my vote first, but the beaver dam has got to go!  >:(

Of course, the road crossing is issue No. 1 - FRA No.2

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 02:35:02 PM »
Maybe with federal funds, we could get some 60lb CWR, for the high speed connection to the Waterfront ;D.
  Honestly though, I think it would be a great if a tour group set up travel from Boston. Ride to Wiscasset by rail, have a bus for the ride to Alna, Ride the WW&F and return. May have to make it into a 2 day event though, depending on timing.
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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009, 04:14:22 PM »
how 'bout getting a tour company to set up downeaster to portland, bus to bruswick, maine eastern to wiscasset, or better yet newcastle, short bus/van to sheepscot. can do this summer, no fed funds, no risk as don't run if not enuf passengers.... dale

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2009, 07:45:16 PM »
Well, that WOULD be a start!
I thonk it could be done quite easily (once the restroom facilities and ADA compliant features are in place  ;) )

Seriously, I was thinking of just that sort of thing last night.
I gather that since Wiscassett is roughly twice the distance (and the obstacles) as the currently operating mainline, it should take roughly 20 yrs to build all the way there from Sheepscott...
...once the project is started! :-\

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2009, 08:24:49 PM »
How many miles does the ROW go from Sheepscot to Wiscasset?  ??? ::) :)
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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2009, 11:40:59 PM »
How many miles does the ROW go from Sheepscot to Wiscasset?  ??? ::) :)

Well, I looked at at least one thread to find the answer to this, and no luck, so:
IIRC, it's about 6 miles to Wiscassett. BUT! What I don't know is, is that to the Alna/Wiscassett town line, (Not so likely) or to somewhere in/around Downtown?
Looking at the area along the waterfront near the ME tracks, there certainly appears to be enough room for a station there to meet the ME trains, but how available is how much of it is anyone's guess.

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 08:09:31 AM »
Sheepscot Station is at milepost 4.8.  Mile 0 is either the diamond with the Maine Central or the Rt 1 crossing (there's some uncertainty about which one it is).

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 06:57:23 PM »
Wow,...
so that'd be closer to maybe 10 yrs from start to finish!
Well,... that still makes it at least 15 years in the future. *sigh*

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009, 09:00:06 PM »
Maybe someone up there should call Senator Snow and have her add $1.5 Billion to the "stimulus bill".  Reasons: completely restore the only two foot to tide water railroad in the US, provide 'mass' transportation to the area, provide more jobs in the area (support tourists) and add a project to the bill that actually would create jobs in Maine.

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009, 10:19:43 PM »
Well,...
if Olympia doesn't buy into that, I'm sure Obama will!
(Remember, amongt all the other good points, mention "Infrastructure," reducing dependance on "Foreign oil," and GRASS ROOTS!
Oh man! We got this one SEWN! ;D

Seriously, those really are great and realistic selling points,...    if anyone's really listening! :-\

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2009, 10:37:31 PM »
You guys haven't been paying attention. One of the Republican Senators put an amendment into the final Senate version of the Stimulus Package prohibiting any money in the stimulus being used for museums. The Association of Railroad Museums is asking all of its members to write to their Senators and Congressmen to eliminate this prohibition during the negotiations to come up with a final "joint" bill.
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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2009, 10:57:47 PM »
Ok, yes,  I missed that.
So let's FIGHT it! Lets write to our Senators Congresspersons, etc....
(They might actually LISTEN this time!)

But I did not mean to wax so far off topic onto a political subject.  ;)

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Re: AMTRAK to meet WWF at Waterville?
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2009, 09:39:16 PM »
You guys will get to Wiscasset before Amtrak ever does.  ;)
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