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Boothbay Railway Village

586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Boothbay, ME
207-633-4727
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Boothbay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: Travel back in time to vintage Vacationland. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by... more » Owner description: Travel back in time to vintage Vacationland. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a superb collection of more than 60 antique automobiles. The Boothbay Railway Village is situated on thirty acres and features more than two dozen historic buildings and structures including Freeport Station (1911), Boothbay Town Hall (1847), Thorndike Station (1871) and Spruce Point Chapel (1927). The Museum is also home to a world class model railroad display currently under construction. It's so large it has it's own building! Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals. The museum is also the only place in Maine to host Thomas the Tank Engine™ on his Day Out With Thomas™ Tour. Boys and girls of all ages enjoy meeting the #1 true blue engine from the Isle of Sodor right here in Boothbay! Pet-friendly (except during Day Out With Thomas™ & Fall Foliage Festival.) A unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Located just 45 minutes from Freeport in the beautiful coastal community of Boothbay. « less
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101 reviews 101 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were informed when we arrived that there were mechanical problems and the train would not be running. We still decided to pay the entrance fee. So glad we did. We were given a ride in a model T by the executive director. We enjoyed using the map as we walked around. My wife read the info to me at... More

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Going to the Boothbay Railway Village is a treat for kids of all ages. From the moment you walk through the gates, you might hear the conductor shouting " All Aboard " announcing the next train is waiting for you. Once you are on the train, you slowly leave the station ,the bell rings out saying we are under way.... More

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Milford,Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I used our Groupon Ticket her and spent a couple of hours walking around. We enjoyed the short train ride and looking in all the buildings. The have a building with antique cars and another where volunteers are working on a model railroad display which when completed will be fantastic. We plan to take our grand kids... More

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Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This attraction is fun for everyone, but especially charming for rail fans. The steam train makes a circle around the many museum buildings stopping at the top for a station-break, and to leave passengers at the outstanding Antique Vehicle exhibit and the model railroad layout. There are also many other buildings recreating a village complete with church, meeting house, livery... More

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Plainfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We went to the Boothbay Railway Village because we were in the area. There was way more there than expected! The staff were all very well informed and friendly! The equipment was in good condition, as were the grounds. There were several displays, non railroad related, which were very well done, and of historical significance. Glad we didn't miss this... More

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Boothbay, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Be sure and check out the vintage autos of bygone eras. Also the model train exhibit. Also the old buildings. Very interesting.

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NYC
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13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The recreation of a small New England village with the railroad was a delight. The meeting house, the village green, the carriage house and the cars. They had one of the best vintage car collections I've seen. Model As, Ts, Cadillacs, Bentley, formula one and Mrs. Ford's personal car were there on display.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Huge collection of antique cars..some of them very rare. This is also where the Maine Gratitude train is located, a gift from the French after WWII. Both the conductor and engineer where friendly and knowledgable.

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San Francisco, California
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is a great place for kids. Our two young kids could have spent all day here. There's old buildings here from Maine railroad stops, model trains to play with, and unexpectedly also rooms full of antique cars, which even us adults found fascinating as it was the largest collection i've ever seen

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Thomas the Tank was visiting. Everyone had a great time. Great model train exhibit and also wonderful collection of antique cars. Well worth the visit.

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