After nearly 50 years, train service has resumed to Maine. In 2002 the train resumed its seasonal scheduled stop in Old Orchard Beach. Trains are now traveling eight times daily between Boston to Portland. Old Orchard Beach is a seasonal stop that will be open from May through late October.
With high-speed rail access from Washington D.C. and New York to Boston, vacationers can now enjoy a speedy trip to Boston and then connect for a 2 hour train ride from Boston. Old Orchard Beach’s train stop, adjacent to the current Chamber of Commerce Building, is just 100 yards from the beach and numerous beachfront accommodations, allowing for a car-free vacation at the beach.
In 2005, visitors will be greeted at the all-new Vis
tors Welcome Center compliments of the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce. The new building will house a Visitor’s Reception and Information area, public restrooms, offices and function room for the Chamber of Commerce staff and members. The Chamber will break ground on the new building in the fall of 2003, to be completed by the spring of 2004.
Train service first began to Old Orchard Beach over 159 years ago in 1842 and continued until the mid 1900’s.
For more information on “Downeaster” rail service to Old Orchard Beach contact Amtrak at: 1-800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or visit them on the web at: www.thedowneaster.com.