Amtrak train, ceremonies to open Freeport, Brunswick depots

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BRUNSWICK — Completion of the platforms needed for Amtrak Downeaster service to mid-coast Maine will be marked with ribbon-cutting ceremonies Monday in Freeport and Brunswick.

The ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Depot Street station in Freeport, when a ceremonial Downeaster train is scheduled to arrive from Portland. Aboard the train will be special guest Joseph Szabo, the administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

The train will proceed to Brunswick, arriving at the depot on Station Avenue at 11:30 a.m. for another ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visitors will also be invited to an open house aboard the train from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Passenger rail service is scheduled to be extended from Portland beginning this fall.