Construction Update – October 2016
Construction of the Brunswick Layover Facility, which began on October 16th, 2015, is substantially complete. Consigli Construction of Portland, Maine was the design-build contractor for the project. The facility will begin the overnight servicing of Downeaster trains in November.
A PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE OF THE
is being hosted by NNEPRA on
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm
2 Turner Street, Brunswick
About the Brunswick Layover
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) has constructed a train layover facility at the site of the Brunswick rail yard between Stanwood Street and Church Road in Brunswick to maximize the utility and efficiency of Downeaster service. Consigli Construction Company was the design/build contractor for the facility.
The facility, which was designed with significant input and participation from the public, includes a layover building to store and service Amtrak Downeaster passenger trains indoors. The 655-foot long layover building, which is , 70 feet wide and about 37 feet high, will accommodate the overnight storage of up to three diesel locomotive-powered passenger train sets used for the Downeaster service. It isequipped with a ventilation system to handle locomotive exhaust and will be heated. Offices, locker rooms, wash rooms and storage facilities are located in an attachment on the north side of the building.
A series of three tracks connect the building to the railroad main line in a”double-ended” configuration to allow for trains to arrive or depart in either direction. The primary vehicular access to/from the facility is via Lombard Street.
Amtrak requires a facility to store, restock and perform daily inspections and routine servicing, such as cleaning and refueling of passenger rail equipment used for Amtrak Downeaster service. These activities are currently performed at a layover facility located in Portland.
The location of this facility at the eastern terminus of Amtrak Downeaster service (Brunswick Station) will reduce unnecessary wear and tear on the Amtrak train sets which will be serviced by this facility beginning in November 2016. Train sets will power down inside the facility between runs reducing fuel consumption, emissions, vibration and noise otherwise produced by idling trains. The enclosed facility provides a safer and more efficient environment for Amtrak and contractors to access and service equipment and will facilitate snow and ice melt off of equipment during the winter.
The Downeaster will start operating an additional daily round-trip between Brunswick and Boston on November 21, 2018.