Chester Railway Station

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Chester Railway Station
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CHESTER RAILWAY STATION is a museum that was named a National Historic Landmark in Jan., 2021. According to the Dept. of the Interior, landmarks are particularly suited to illustrate the history of the United States. The first mountain railroad was built here. There is a 102 year old caboose on the property that is rented out for overnight camping and a hands-on room in the Children's Boxcar. It is also an event venue for weddings, parties and meetings.
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DonInConnecticut
Connecticut239 contributions
Wonderful old-school museum with a bonus: Caboose campouts
Jul 2021
Who knew that Chester, Mass. has a serious railroading history?

The double-track line that runs through this tiny town is 180 years old, and the station itself is nearly 160 (as of 2021). The surveyors and immigrant laborers had to do some serious work to create this line, known as the world's first mountain railroad.

Wonder why there were usually tombstones inside the station? Just ask Dave, the friendly and knowledgeable host/caretaker/curator/chief bottle-washer here. He brings a lot of hospitality and congeniality to the job.

The museum has lot of railroad memorabilia and plenty of original equipment, but the what sets this apart is the opportunity to spend the night in a retired caboose. The museum has it parked alongside the active CSX and Amtrak line, and you can expect an occasional passenger train during the day and several freights at night. Overall, we figure about 10 to 12 passed during our stay - and if you haven't woken up at 3 a.m. to a 100-car train cranking up a grade, you don't really "get" how powerful locomotives are.

For $60 a night, it's a lovely retreat to a gentler era: There's a place for a wood fire, there's no rush to do anything, and Verizon has zero coverage here. Bring some sleeping bags, maybe a bit of bug spray and a few flashlights. It's a terrific experience.
Written August 1, 2021
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maryellengarcia
Harrison, NY54 contributions
Worth Stopping By
Aug 2020
After hiking at the Keystone Arches, we stopped at the Chester Railway Museum and received an afternoon of interesting railroad and historical information from its curator Dave. We were able to step back in time with a stop in an original caboose as well as seeing and learning about George Washington Whistler, his vision and the start of the rail industry. A must visit for railroad fans and for anyone who enjoys learning about America and our history.
Written August 24, 2020
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cbboston
Belmont, MA68 contributions
Amazing night in the old caboose
Aug 2020 • Family
We spent a night in the caboose at the Chester Railway Station and have vowed to come back! There is so much to tell about this place. But the magic comes together under the care of Dave Pierce.

This 100 year old train car is clean and well cared for. It was restored to allow future generations to enjoy. The views of the Berkshire foothills are amazing. And you are very close to great restaurants — we enjoyed dinner at the Common Table and breakfast at Carm’s (in an old gas station). Both restaurants were staffed by Aaron and Erin — locally known as “The Aa/Erins”— with whom you immediately feel a bond.

Upon arriving, Dave welcomed us and gave us the tour of the old railway station, which had been moved 20 years ago to avoid demolition. (And there is an amazing story there, where people joined together to save it — one even mortgaging her house to bridge the shortfall of $70,000!) Then he brought us to the old caboose. Our six year old son was blown away — and, truthfully, so were we!

The sunset brought out hummingbirds and goldfinches to the station’s beautiful flowers. We brought sleeping bags, as linens are not included in the accommodations, and found the bench pads to be very comfortable. The night sky was clear as a bell and I saw a shooting star. At night the trains rumbled passed, giving us the feeling that we were brakemen in an old steam train.

Several former guests left behind books and lawn chairs and sundry items for others to use. This is perfectly in line with the feel of this place: it is not ours to own, but it is ours to enjoy for a short time — all thanks to the stewardship of souls like Dave Pierce.
Written August 13, 2020
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Liz Massa
Chester, MA38 contributions
Hilltown Railroad History
Aug 2019 • Solo
Not only is Chester a beautiful town to visit but its also home to the Railstation which is full of railroad history of its beginnings and all types of relics. Dave Pierce will give you a tour which includes real railcars and a caboose.
Written August 14, 2019
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Jane M
Whitinsville, MA26 contributions
Who Knew Railroad History Was So Interesting!
Jul 2019 • Couples
My husband and I enjoyed Dave's guided tour of this historic building so much that we decided to return in a few weeks to take more time reading all the descriptions of the artifacts on display. At that time, we will stay overnight in the caboose on the grounds and walk the Keystone Arch Bridges Trail that is close by. Dave's colorful anecdotes were interesting as well as humorous. We learned a lot. Children can learn a lot, too, in the Children's Boxcar where everything is hands on. Near the end of this enjoyable visit, a long freight train passed right by us on its way up a mountain.
Written July 28, 2019
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Thanks Jane: It was an enjoyable visit for sure. Dave
Written July 30, 2019
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Doris M
8 contributions
Wonderful camping in an historically restored caboose!
May 2018 • Couples
We loved staying over in the caboose. It was comfortable camping with our own bedding. Not luxurious but comfortable and clean and cozy. Loved hearing trains in the night! Host was very friendly and showed us around the museum a bit and loved talking history. We had to pay for caboose but station visit is free.
Written June 3, 2018
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Natalie R
Auckland77 contributions
Superbly well maintained
Oct 2017 • Couples
It's great to see a building as historic as this so well-maintained, and clearly so well-loved by Dave, it's caretaker. We were driving through on the way to walk the Keystone Arches trail and stopped to have a nosey around (knowing that it was closed). Dave was out with his dog and offered us a tour - he's a wealth of knowledge and it's well worth the time to wander about the property and view the exhibits with him. Recommended.
Written November 20, 2017
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KandL713
Haines City, FL17 contributions
History well-maintained
Oct 2017 • Couples
We happened upon this while looking for the Old Chester Jail. The hours listed are April through September so we planned to walk around the grounds and look in windows. Dave, the caretaker, lives nearby and saw us walking around. He and his dog Durango came over to welcome us and offered us a tour. Dave was a wealth of information on railway history, offering us interesting facts, and showed us inside the caboose, the station, and the children's area in the box car. It was a highlight of our day trip exploring the Berkshires.
Written October 30, 2017
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Pnemiller
Kutztown, PA2,272 contributions
Do not miss this top attraction in Chester, Massachusetts
Aug 2017 • Couples
We were driving around the area and came across this 1841 railway station. What a great find! A museum of railroad artifacts in a beautifully restored station with a number of historic railroad cars including a 1919 wooden caboose. Dave Pierce, the director, gave us an excellent, interesting, informative tour of the museum and the history of the area. Historic railroad bridges built over 150 years ago, which you can see by walking a nearby trail.

The museum is free to visit, but they accept donations. Great local history.
Written August 31, 2017
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michaelbennett2016
Huntington, MA41 contributions
Treat the KIds to a Night in an Old Cabbose
Jul 2017 • Family
The Rail Station is truly a piece of Americana. The museum is filled with vintage railroad paraphernalia that will awe you. Since we only live a few miles away in Huntington it's one of those places we never get tired of visiting, especially since it's cost affordable. Our grandchildren always look forward to a night in the 1919 caboose which can be used for $60 a night or $100 for two. And the nice part is, it sleeps 8 - 10 people. They really get excited when the train goes by only a few feet away from where they are.
Written August 18, 2017
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