Named after the sailing vessels built by Maine's shipbuilders in
Colonial times, the Downeaster takes us on a
116-mile (187 km) journey through beautiful New England from
Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine.
Beginning at Boston's North Station, we travel north through the
Massachusetts countryside and shortly after our stop in Haverhill,
we cross the Massachusetts/New Hampshire State Line. New Hampshire
is one of the original 13 states that founded the United States of
America in 1776 and it is full of historic colonial cities such as
our first stop, Exeter, which dates back to 1638.
From Exeter the Downeaster follows the
Squamscott River and then heads to Durham and Dover. We travel
across the New Hampshire/Maine State Line at the Salmon Falls River
and continue east towards the Atlantic Coast and the popular
holiday resort of Wells.
Briefly diverting away from the coast, the train makes its way
north to Saco and finally reaches the sea at Old Orchard Beach. We
follow the New England shoreline towards Saco Bay and make an
impressive crossing over the Scarborough River, before making the
final part of our journey to our destination: Portland, Maine.