Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Cape Cod train service to begin

A bicyclist stopped to take a picture of the CapeFlyer train after it crossed over the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in Bourne.

Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe

A bicyclist stopped to take a picture of the CapeFlyer train after it crossed over the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in Bourne.

At exactly 9:36 this morning, the CapeFlyer — the MBTA’s new train service from South Station to Hyannis — set off on its inaugural run.

The service is set to officially debut next weekend, but several hundred T and commuter rail officials, along with general train fanatics, boarded the car today to ride along on its trial run.

Continue reading below

Next weekend will be the first time in about 25 years service from Boston to Cape Cod will be offered.

Fred Breimyear, 69, of Wellesley, was the first in line to board the train. For him, the opportunity to take a trip on the CapeFlyer before most people was one he couldn’t pass up.

“Why would we not want to be on this train?” said Breimyear, a confessed transit devotee and member of the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts. He had already scoped out the spot he wanted — top floor of the double-decker car closest to the front, left side, so he could get the best view.

Continue reading it below

His wife, Adele Langevin, was right there alongside him — though, she admitted, she was a little less exhilarated.

“I’m here because I’m married to him,” she joked. “I have my Kindle.”

Saturday’s train was scheduled to take passengers down to the Cape, where they would be met with a press conference and the chance to take a bus tour of Hyannis. After that, the train and its passengers were to return to South Station in the afternoon.

Beverly Scott, general manager of the MBTA, took a window seat in the bar car, right up front. She was prepared for a lesiurely trip, a Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee in hand and a copy of the New York Times at her side.

“It’s like being able to get a little slice of heaven,” Scott said, “and you don’t even have to drive!”

In its previous iterations, train service to Cape Cod was shuttered because of low ridership and the need for state government subsidies. But Scott said she is confident this reboot will be a success.

“I think this one’s going to be a no-brainer,” Scott said.

On Saturday, the bar car served only juice, coffee, snacks and sandwiches. But next weekend, when regular service kicks into action on Friday, the refreshment options will be ramped up, MBTA spokeswoman Kelly Smith said.

There will be beer and wine, and Blood Marys.

And, of course, there will be Cape Codders.

Martine Powers can be reached at mpowers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @martinepowers.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com