The Downeast Scenic Railroad (reporting markDSRX) is a heritage railway in Ellsworth, Maine which is owned and operated by the Downeast Rail Heritage Trust, which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in the fall of 2005. The railroad operates over the historic Calais Branch which was once part of the Maine Central Railroad. Operations are out of Washington Junction and runs west towards Brewer. The railroad inaugural run was Saturday, July 24, 2010, with invited guests on board. The first 4 miles (6.4 km) to Ellsworth Falls have been completed, but work continues on the line west of Ellsworth Falls from Ellsworth to Green Lake where the railroad plans to run excursion trains in the near future.
Acquired from the Conway Scenic Railroad, on April 9, 2010 and arrived at Washington Jct. on May 23, 2010. An Ex-Conway Scenic and Exx-Portland Terminal unit, this locomotive is the railroad's main engine.
Acquired from the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad. This ex-Belfast and Moosehead Lake unit was the first engine for the Downeast Scenic and is slated to become the backup unit. This engine had the honors to pull the inaugural train on July 24, 2010.
Owned by New England Steam Corporation. Purchase from the city of Waterville, ME in November 2015, 470 was the last steam engine to operate for the Maine Central Railroad on June 13, 1954. 470 arrive at Washington Jct. in peace's on flat bed trucks on August 10, 2016 after being removed from is long time display track in Waterville, ME. When restoration is complete 470 will operate on the Downeast Scenic Railroad.