Today's Train of Thought comes to us from railpictures.net contributor Kevin Andrusia. When it isn't hauling cement, steel or clay slurry, the Maine Eastern Railroad does a brisk business hauling tourists and visitors between Brunswick and Rockland Maine. It's proven to be a popular alternative to the congested, two lane US Route 1 that parallells it between the two towns. There has even been talk of expanding the current Boston- Portland, ME Amtrak Downeaster Service to Brunswick so that there's a direct passenger rail connection between the Maine Eastern and the Downeaster service.
On this tranquil September afternoon, Maine Eastern FL9 #489 (ex Amtrak 489, exx Penn Central 5021, nee New York, New Haven & Hartford 2021) is in charge of a westbound passenger train as it coasts along the banks of the Sheepscot River in Wiscasset, ME.