Brunswick Layover Facility

Brunswick Layover Facility

NNEPRA is constructing 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 is the design/build contractor for the facility. A construction schedule has not yet been finalized, but it is expected that construction will begin by fall 2015. More information will be posted on this site as it is available.

The facility, which was designed with significant input and participation from the public, will include a layover building to store and service Amtrak Downeaster passenger trains indoors. The layover building, which will be approximately 655 feet long, 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 will be equipped with a ventilation system to handle locomotive exhaust and will be heated. Offices, locker rooms, wash rooms and storage facilities will be incorporated in an attachment on the north side of the building.  

A series of three tracks will connect the building to the railroad main line. The building and yard tracks will have a “double-ended” configuration to allow for trains to arrive or depart in either direction. The primary vehicular access to/from the facility will be 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 Amtrak train sets. Train sets will power down inside the facility between runs reducing fuel consumption and emissions, vibration and noise otherwise produced by idling trains. The enclosed facility will provide 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 once the Brunswick layover facility is built.  

Downeaster train at the outdoor Portland layover facility in winter 2015.