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Downeast Scenic Railroad

Ellsworth, ME, USA
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tektektek wrote a review Jul. 25
Tamworth, New Hampshire594 contributions95 helpful votes
My wife and I are familiar with some scenic railways, and this looked to be a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Looks were not deceiving- this was a fun trip, a bit over two hours. Learned some history, went through some wetlands and saw a beaver lodge and osprey nests. My favorite part was the wye connector- a way to turn the whole train around (think a three point turn in driving). Narration was iffy- the volunteer in our car was knowledgeable, but the nearest speaker that carried some pre-recorded narration was hard to hear at times. It was interesting in that the car we were in was originally on the Delaware and Hudson line in NY (where we used to live), and then was used in initial runs on the Conway Scenic Railway in North Conway, NH (near where we live now). There were small kids on board but they seemed enthralled by the whole trip and were not a bother- no whining or crying or screaming. Nice trip, good family adventure, and the lack of a significant gift shop meant kids won't be urging parents to buy souvenirs, although it also means there are limited items for adults to purchase. One final note- this is run by volunteers, and their love of railroads was evident. Do go and ask questions.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from DowneastScenicRR, Guest Relations Manager at Downeast Scenic Railroad
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for leaving a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us - we hope to see you again the next time you're in Maine!
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Joe H wrote a review Jul. 25
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Relaxing and interesting way to learn some of the local and regional railway history. Charming and old-fashioned. Terrific volunteer run tour and great organization supporting it.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from DowneastScenicRR, Guest Relations Manager at Downeast Scenic Railroad
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for your review! Our volunteers love to bring Maine's railroad history back to life for our passengers. We hope to see you again!
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Ralph M wrote a review Jul. 12
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Great family activity - we had four generations who all had a very enjoyable afternoon. The staff are very friendly and informative. We can't wait until the steam engine pulls the train.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from DowneastScenicRR, Manager at Downeast Scenic Railroad
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Ralph, thank you for your review! We're so glad that you and your family enjoyed your afternoon with us - we hope to see you again soon!
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Andrew R wrote a review Jul. 12
Apalachin, New York103 contributions39 helpful votes
When we go on vacation we usually start with a train/trolley/bus tour to learn more about the area before we explore too much. The volunteer staff was fantastic and were very accommodating to questions and were quick to point out things of interest. Conductor Gary was a fantastic resource for knowledge about the rails and was quick to recommend other destinations and restaurants. If you’re looking to get to know more about the area, I suggest taking a ride!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from DowneastScenicRR, Manager at Downeast Scenic Railroad
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your time on the Downeast Scenic Railroad - we hope to see you again the next time you're in the area!
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GNGNYC7 wrote a review Jun. 2021
Portland, Maine36 contributions9 helpful votes
A perfect experience. Great people and cool machines! They explained so much. It was really fascinating to see it all come together ❤️
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from DowneastScenicRR, Manager at Downeast Scenic Railroad
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your ride - our all-volunteer staff are dedicated to bringing Maine railroad history back to life! We hope to see you again soon.
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