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Adam 12 rides the Downeaster

Posted by Adam 12  May 13, 2013 03:12 PM

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Hello, I'm Adam 12, and I love trains. I didn't always love trains. Or, to be more accurate, I didn't realize I loved trains...until my son was born. He, like many other young lads of his day, loves trains. And his love is enthusiastic and infectious. So we often find ourselves riding the T on a lazy Sunday afternoon, goofing on the Boston Anagram T Map, and goggling the rusted-out hopper cars on the siding at Sullivan Square. We've not reached railfanning status, but we do enjoy riding the train together. It's provided us with some great bonding opportunities and wonderful memories.

Last weekend, the Amtrak Downeaster was running a special $5 fare from Haverhill, MA to Brunswick, ME as part of National Train Day. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to take the kid for a ride. And I took lots of pictures.

Haverhill Station. Big ups to Twitter for the old-timey filter.

The Downeaster arrives!

Exeter, Durham, Dover...speeding through New Hampshire.

Great views of Old Orchard Beach as you pass through along the line.

Destination: Brunswick Station, for the National Train Day celebration!

I can't speak highly enough about traveling by rail, and the Downeaster especially. Amtrak runs clean, punctual service and their staff and volunteer Train Hosts are friendly and accommodating--especially to young travelers like my son.

Summer's coming...take a trip on the Downeaster! You'll probably see me and my son on the train!

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