Downeaster

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Amtrak's Downeaster service says passengers should expect some delays and cancelations this week as the rail service begins spring maintenance.

Crews are preparing to replace roughly 22 thousand railroad ties along the tracks between Boston and Portland, Maine.  A number of midday runs are canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Peak hour trains in the morning and afternoon will run as scheduled but may face delays. Amtrak officials say they will post all service alerts on the Downeaster website.

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This week officials with Amtrak’s Downeaster marked ten years in service.

The train line between Portland, Maine and Boston includes several stops in New Hampshire. Ridership is up and there are plans to expand the service next year.

Peter Griffin is president of the New Hampshire Railroad Revitalization Association. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the Downeaster's ten years in service.