Collection number: MC 103
Size: (1 box) (0.15 cu.ft.)

About the Downeaster

Passenger train service began in Durham in 1841, when the Boston and Maine Railroad Company was formed by the merger of two smaller railroads. The original track through Durham was moved in 1911 and a train station was relocated from Lynn, MA. The B & M shut down its passenger and freight operation in Durham in 1967. The University bought the train depot and turned it into the Dairy Bar.

In 1989, a group of people from Maine called the TrainRiders Northeast, began a grassroots movement to restore high-sped passenger rail service from Boston to Portland. In 1991, TrainRiders, through its political action committee, RailVision, spearheaded the passage of Maine’s Passenger Rail Service Act, the first citizen-initiated bill ever approved by the Maine Legislature, leading to the creation of Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger rail service.

Passsenger service began its regular service on Dec. 15, 2001 with the inaugural run on Dec. 14. The train station in Durham was renovated to accommodate both the UNH Dairy Bar and passenger services.

About the Downeaster Inaugural memorabilia collection

This is a collection of memorabilia from the stop in Durham during the inaugural run of the Downeaster on Dec. 14, 2001.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], Downeaster Inaugural memorabilia collection, Dec. 14, 2001, MC 103, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Steve Pesci, 2001

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Inaugural Program booklet, Dec. 14, 2001
Box 1, Folder 2Invitations
Box 1, Folder 3Souvenir pin
Box 1, Folder 4Notecards with inaugrual stamp
Box 1, Folder 5First Day covers
Box 1, Folder 6Tickets and schedule
Box 1, Folder 7Newspaper articles
Box 1, Folder 8Two photos