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Address: 242 E Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787-1673
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+1 860-283-7245

Your scenic hour and 15 minute train ride on the Naugatuck Railroad begins...

Your scenic hour and 15 minute train ride on the Naugatuck Railroad begins at historic 1881 Thomaston Station. Board the vintage 1920s coaches and prepare to see a side of the Naugatuck Valley that you just can't get from your car. The 20-mile round trip ride along the Naugatuck River hugs the river's edge, passing through state forest lands and alongside old, industrial brass mills of Waterbury and Thomaston. End your journey with a view of the river valley below the Thomaston Dam from a vantage point high above the spillway. Leave time to tour the displays at the depot and gift shop.

Special events include Easter Bunny Express (the Saturday before Easter), Steamin' With Sadie - Steam Train Event in summer (July/August), Haight-Brown Vineyard wine tasting train rides, Fall Foliage and Train Rides to the Pumpkin Patch in October and all Holiday-themed Santa trains including daytime Santa Express and evening Northern Lights Limited, starting the weekend after Thanksgiving through all December weekends before Christmas.

Note: There are no restrooms on board; facilities are available at the station. Passengers should arrive half an hour before departure. Free parking. Limited handicap accessibility with a wheelchair lift onto our vintage passenger cars (26" width max), please call ahead.

Hours: Trips depart Memorial Day Sunday through September with Tues. at 10, Sun. at noon and 2; October trips Tues. at 10, Sat.- Sun. at noon and 2 plus Columbus Day Monday at noon and 2; last November weekend and December events, Sat - Sun at 2, 5 and 7 (check website). Museum exhibits are open only on days with train rides up to 2 hours before scheduled departures. Buy tickets online or by phone 24/7.

Prices: Summer scenic train rides fare $15 Adults; $13 Children and Seniors (ages 3-12 and 62+). Fare for seasonal excursions and special events from $18 to $27 Adults; $16 to $27 Children and Seniors (ages 3-12 and 62+).

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Nastalgia and historical

Tucked away under the highway in quaint Thomaston, thus gem retains a part of Americana to be treasures. Train rides available on weekends --call ahead. One would hope this were... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Nice trip, met santa Mrs. Klaus and the elves, very nice people, historic train was very clean and a good time was had by all

Thank Patrick160
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

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 enthusiasm about their restoration work, this is a limited experience. Train you travel on is but two restored cars (we were only allowed on one of the... More 

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Southington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

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.

Thank pcb_10
East Hampton, Connecticut
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

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 information.

Thank Kim C
Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Tucked away under the highway in quaint Thomaston, thus gem retains a part of Americana to be treasures. Train rides available on weekends --call ahead. One would hope this were more supported be the state tourist board and locals. Let try to keep it open, as well as the other interesting museums in Thomaston, Terryville, Bristol, Waterbury and in the... More 

Thank GringoAlto2000
Thomaston, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

Stepping into this museum is like going back in time! It has been restored to date and continues to be so. At Christmas time this station becomes almost magical!

Thank DianeMin4
Citrus Springs, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

We took our grandson on the train he is 17 months old and loved it! The folks were very friendly and they had elves and Santa! The train ride was fun approximately 11/2 hours. There are no bathrooms on the train (historic preservation) so make sure to go before you leave the station!

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 5 December 2015 via mobile

Best Santa and Mrs Claus visit ever! Enjoyed the ride and festivities! Santa talks with EVERY child for several minutes!

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Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

This was our second visit to the museum and it was just as nice as the first The staff was great and so friendly Another plus was the bathrooms. The cleanest public restrooms I've ever been in It's also important to note that all the staff volunteers their time free of charge.

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Reviewed 7 August 2015

Came to town to visit the 'museum'. there was no information on their website about hours of operation so we just showed up. they were closed. We went back later in the night for the train ride. We realized then that it's not really a 'museum'. Having said that, the train ride was lots of fun. We went on the... More 

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