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Downeaster Rolling North to Freeport, Brunswick
10/31/2012 03:19 PM ET  

Nelson Soule, who's 91, is among celebrants making the first run Thursday on the Amtrak Downeaster's Boston-to-Portland service expands northward to Freeport and Brunswick.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The last train station manager in Freeport when passenger rail service ended will be riding the first passenger train to arrive from Boston in more than 50 years.

Nelson Soule, who's 91, is among celebrants making the first run Thursday on the Amtrak Downeaster's Boston-to-Portland service expands northward to Freeport and Brunswick.

Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, says there will be whistle-stop events at most of the train stations and platforms along the way from Boston. She says there'll be music and giveaways in what she describes as ``a 146-mile celebration.''

Riders will include the Federal Rail Administration chief and transportation commissioners from Maine and New Hampshire. Regular service to Freeport and Brunswick begins Friday.



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