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BRUNSWICK, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- There are just three weeks until Amtrak's Downeaster train begins daily trips to Brunswick and Freeport. And local business groups and the people who manage the train say riders are already buying tickets.

Railroad crews are still finishing work on the tracks, installing new switches and making other final adjustments before the trains start to roll. In Brunswick, the group that managers the train station is training more volunteers to handle the new Amtrak service.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which manages the Downeaster service, says they're already promoting the new service to riders in Boston, and believe there will be a lot of people eager to make trips to Maine.

The Brunswick Downtown Association says some local people are already buying tickets for the train. And they say having a direct link to Boston for the first time in fifty years is a very big deal to people there.

There will be a ceremonial train from Boston on November 1 to inaugurate the service, and the full schedule of two round trips per day will begin on November 2.