Guide to the Downeaster Inaugural Memorabilia
Collection, Dec. 14, 2001
Collection number: MC 103
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.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[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.
Donated by Steve Pesci, 2001
|Box 1, Folder 1||Inaugural Program booklet, Dec. 14,
|Box 1, Folder 2||Invitations|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Souvenir pin|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Notecards with inaugrual stamp|
|Box 1, Folder 5||First Day covers|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Tickets and schedule|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Newspaper articles|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Two photos|