My clan is in the process of planning the Great 2004 Vacation and it looks like New England, Maine in particular is the winner. It looks like that taking the train from Philadelphia to Portland, Maine and renting a car there is our best transportation option. We have looked at renting a car here and driving but that has proven to uneconomical. Our vehicles are too worn for such a trip; my van has 92,000+ miles on it while my wife’s vehicle is approaching 60,000. Also taking the train will fulfill a promise we made to the kids about taking Amtrak for a vacation. Now for the questions: According to the Amtrak schedule the Northeast Corridor trains arrive in Boston at the Back Bay Station. The Downeaster leaves from North Station. How does one get from one station to the other? According to Amtrak’s website it is a “self transfer”. What railroad and model railroad things are there to do? So far I found: The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Seashore Trolley Museum Boothsbay Railroad and Transportation Center (not totally sure about the name) Has anyone visited these? If so what is opinion? I have visited their websites and found the usual information. We plan to stay in the Portland area for a few days and then stay in Bangor and possibly Bar Harbor for a few more. We may also wander into New Hampshire for a day or two. What are the “don’t miss” things (not just railroad related)?