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Railroad Museum of New England

242 E Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787-1673
+1 860-283-7245
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Northern Lights Ride

We took the family on the Northern lights ride with Santa and all the lights. The elf volunteers... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Linda Q
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Thomaston, Connecticut
Great for kids

Took the kids on the ride with Santa ... they all enjoyed it .. the vintage train leaves the... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2018
Tan-girl1
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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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242 E Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787-1673
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

We took the family on the Northern lights ride with Santa and all the lights. The elf volunteers were great with my granddaughter as was Santa and Mrs Claus!

Thank Linda Q
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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Took the kids on the ride with Santa ... they all enjoyed it .. the vintage train leaves the station you go a little way and stop To pick up Santa and mrs clause at what appears to be santa's village .. the staff was...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

This would be fun during the day... Let me start by saying... I'm rail road cookoo. We've been on... Newport dinner train once Essex steam train 12+ times Strasburg Steam train East Lancashire Vintage RR Bury, UK This train has a nice long trip. However,...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

An old fashioned train station complete with old time conductor and tour guide full of info on the area and previous times. All ages will enjoy a look at the past through the age of trains and their uses to the area.it stops at a...More

2  Thank Marlene C
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Reviewed August 12, 2017

I took a ride on this scenic railroad on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. It runs out of the Thomaston station not far from Waterbury, CT. The ride goes along the Naugatuck River and on the side of a damn. The old-fashioned coach cars are comfortable...More

2  Thank bravefilius
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

After seeing the ad on the internet, we decided to take the trip with our twin 10 yr old grandsons. They have always been railroad enthusiasts and this seemed a pretty good idea. Turns out to have been a GREAT idea. They had a blast,...More

2  Thank John H
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

Our grand kids loved just looking at the trains in the yard. We weren't there on a day when there were rides. The rides will be better when they go further.

Thank almostACanadian
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Reviewed December 3, 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 August 10, 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...More

1  Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed August 9, 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.

1  Thank pcb_10
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gubbil
November 13, 2017|
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Response from bravefilius | Reviewed this property |
The car I was on did have a large heater.
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Roslyn H
December 4, 2016|
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Response from Kimberly C | Reviewed this property |
Tickets are around $25 coach for everyone. It's selling out in first class.
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