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Railroad Museum of New England, Inc, Thomaston

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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  • Staffed by all volunteers, this restored railway station and train cars give us a glimpse to the past. The sound of the 'clackitey clack' is alluring and comforting. While the staff shows much enthusi...  read more »
  • Our Group of eight adults took the weekly Tuesday morning excursion. It was very enjoyable and educational. We will certainly return in the other seasons. 
  • My visiting friend is a train enthusiast. This was a fun outing. We didn't get to do the full length ride due to repairs. However, all the employees were very accommodating and full of historical info...  read more »
  • Great place to see and explore the handful of trains they have in the yard and take a ride along the Naugatuck river. Rides normally go down to Waterville and then up to the Thomaston Dam. Good for kids. The volunteers are fantastic and very knowledgeable.
  • The museum staff is absolute gold. When we arrived I thought we'd be in and out in two minutes, but it ended up being one of the highlights of our almost two-week trip. It was a rainy day so the station building and the few locomotives and cars we saw looked pretty sad, but everything changed when we met the volunteers working there. They were so incredibly friendly, and they were joking around with each other almost non stop which was really fun. Things literally 'clicked' when one of the guys started showing us how this meticulously restored antique tower switch worked. It was standing in a corner of the building and we totally overlooked it before, but to see how much passion and work went into this thing was very inspiring. And as we were watching and hearing it work, the last train (which we had apparently missed by about twenty minutes as we arrived) came rolling into the station. Initially, we were invited for just a quick look inside before it would be rolled into the maintenance depot... but we ended up staying on board and getting a private tour of said depot, with all the time in the world to ask everyone questions and to take lots of pictures - and there was plenty to photograph considering the gems they are keeping "behind the scenes" (for various reasons, not the least of which is lack of space at the actual museum). This was simply a fantastic experience and we really hope the museum will some day be able to shine with the glory it deserves. I'm 100% certain that the museum staff will make sure of that.
  • They host a nice variety of events for all ages.
  • Amazing railroad a must ride for any train lover.
  • I love the fact that every volunteer they have working for them is knowledgeable and extremely friendly. During the busy holiday season, the staff worked very hard at finding ways to accommodate everyone - whether it was upgrading tickets to the later train or what not. They are fantastic with children and wonderful with the handicap.
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