Maine Eastern Railroad (MERR)
The Maine Eastern Railroad is both a short line, freight railroad and a passenger excursion line operating in coastal Maine between Brunswick and Rockland. They run on the Rockland Branch rail line, which is owned by the state of Maine. The MERR is a business name of the Morristown & Erie Railway of New Jersey, which has been an active short line railroad since 1895. The M&E acquired operating rights for the Rockland Branch in November of 2003.
The Maine Eastern serves customers with a year-round freight service. Some customers include Dragon Cement and Bath Iron Works. The MERR also has an interchange with PanAm Railways in Brunswick.
The Maine Eastern's seasonal excursion service shares a platform with the Amtrak Downeaster in Brunswick, Maine. From here, passengers can travel 8.7 miles to Bath, another 11.3 to Wiscasset, 7.1 more to Newcastle - Damariscotta, and finally 29.5 on to Rockland - a total 1-way journety of 56.6 miles for those wishing to travel the entire lenght of the ralroad.
Maine Eastern passengers ride in restored, vintage, stainless steel railcars from the 1940s and 1950s. These are pulled by streamlined locomotives, and all equipment has been rebuilt to today's standards for safety and comfort. [Along the way to the MERR, some of the equipment has passed through the hands of other railroads, such as: New Haven, Penn Central, Florida East Coast, Seaboard Coast Line, Santa Fe and Amtrak.]
You can find additional information at: www.maineeasternraillroad.com