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Downeast Scenic Railroad

34 High St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1739
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Anniversary ride

Last year on our honeymoon my new husband and I went for a ride on the Maine Eastern Railroad. This... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2015
criticalchef
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Lynn, Massachusetts
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Depends on your expectations

First off, the volunteers who run this ride are wonderful, informative and genuinely love what they... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2015
Kelli F
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34 High St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1739
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Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Last year on our honeymoon my new husband and I went for a ride on the Maine Eastern Railroad. This year we decided we wanted to do something a little bit different. So we found the Down East Scenic Railroad that instead of an entirely...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

First off, the volunteers who run this ride are wonderful, informative and genuinely love what they do. If you just want to go on a train and enjoy the experience of being on a train and see how trains switch tracks, you will relax and...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Very very boring one an half hours..... U stop alot. ... the kids fell asleep that were on the train.... no that's sad when u bore kids. .... friendly staff but seriously save ur money

2  Thank laurie t
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Reviewed August 15, 2015

This 90 minute train ride is very fun and is run 100% by volunteers that love railroads. Nicely restored passenger cars, inexpensive snacks and water onboard, and nice souvenirs. $15/adult, $8/child for the ride. Worth every penny if your child enjoys different experiences and is...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2015

I took my grandchildren who were visiting from Florida on this train and they had so much fun, we have to make this part of their visit every time they come to Maine!!

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Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

The train ride was boring. You will literally go 3/4 of a mile, stop, switch directions and go a little further and go back. The people working the train were very nice and informative and we did get to see some osprey and their nests....More

1  Thank Magan G M
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Reviewed July 15, 2015

Wow what a disappointment. This train ride sounded fabulous but was a bust. First of all, they say it is a 90 minute ride, ha. Once you depart, you ride down the tracks and see nothing but back yards of houses. Then the train stops...More

6  Thank Mainelover15
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Reviewed July 14, 2015

The folks here are helpful and very friendly. The facilities and the trains are well-maintained and is like stepping into a bygone era. As others have noted, referring to this as a "Scenic Railroad" is maybe a bit of a stretch. It is certainly a...More

1  Thank RS457
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Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Our boys love trains and were excited to go on one. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable they even let us in the engine when we got back to the boarding area. The views were awesome. And it's run by all volunteers. We will...More

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Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

Unless you just truly love trains, don't bother. In this area everything is lovely but I would by no means call this a scenic trip. And forget about seeing wildlife. You'll pass by Ellsworth HS twice though, so there's that. 😒

3  Thank Aimee S
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Marimelda13
August 13, 2017|
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Response from Gary B | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed on the Downeast Scenic Railroad as long as the horn or other people in close proximity don't bother your pet.
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jessepottle
March 7, 2017|
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Response from Kenn S | Reviewed this property |
Pretty sure short of a blizzard......they are open all year
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