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Address: 34 High St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1739
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 July 14, 2016
Bill D
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Columbia, South Carolina

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Brilliant, Ohio
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointed. We spent more time moving engines and turning around then actually moving. We saw some of Ellsworth like the high school and a few birds nests. Seats were comfortable and staff were very friendly.

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Thank mom43913
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a couple of hours on a nicely restored train this is the trip for you! If you are lured by the word 'scenic' don't bother- it's really, really boring, excruciatingly slow, and takes two hours to cover about 5miles. Much down time spent switching directions Very expensive waste of two hours for two older women hoping to... More 

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wilmington, nc
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was expecting the more scenic and picturesque Maine that I've experienced over the past week through my travels. However, expectations weren't met. The trip doesn't take you far at all and more time is spent switching directions.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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129 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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Thank Bill D
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 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 June 25, 2016

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
9 attraction reviews
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 12 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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270 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 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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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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