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Address: 34 High Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone Number: 1-866-449-7245
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fun for kids

Visited with a group of friends and were expecting a bit more of a country scenic tour. The restored railroad cars were cool and staff very pleasant but after the ride, I feel... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bill D
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Columbia, South Carolina

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with a group of friends and were expecting a bit more of a country scenic tour. The restored railroad cars were cool and staff very pleasant but after the ride, I feel this is something a family with kids would enjoy more than a group of adults.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took an afternoon ride on a beautiful, breezy Sunday. We thought it well worth the price and look forward to seeing it expanded as the restoration project continues and more track is opened. We especially enjoyed that the train slowed down through the marsh are so we could spot Osprey, deer, Hawks, etc. I would suggest that they slow... More 

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Thank Carl M
Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trip for myself and my family was not truly worth the money spent even though it was educational to a small degree. The trip covered approximately 5 miles in total distance. They spent a lot of time disconnecting the Engine and using switches change directions. The views were of the back of buildings and woods that were in the... More 

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Thank Wayne K
Ellsworth, Maine
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

They charge an arm and a leg to look at the back of buildings.... What a waste of time and money. Save yourself the trip to this train wreck

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Thank earthfood7
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This is a poor excuse for a scenic train. The "scenery" is little more than some woods and houses. It does ride along a cute multi purpose trail; however, many of the people on the trail do not appear friendly to the train. What is much clearer is the attitude of the home owners toward the train, which is unfriendly... More 

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Middletown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

In terms of mileage this is a very short trip. It takes two hours. Hence this is a good activity for part of the morning or afternoon. There is still ample time left in the day to do other things. Of course, the trains are vintage. One of the nice things about the train is that the rider can sit... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I recently took a trip on the Downeast Scenic Railroad and had a very enjoyable ride. We were pulled by an Alco switch engine and traveled in 1912 or 1917 passenger cars. I chose the 1917 Lackawanna car as it was from NJ. There is also a flat car with picnic tables and has a cover. I especially liked the... More 

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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289 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 close car and a long ride, like the Maine Eastern Railroad, it has a 90... More 

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Thank criticalchef
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars 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 enjoy chugging along for the 90min. We did see an osprey nest and a few... More 

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Thank Kelli F
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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

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