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“Just okay”

Railroad Museum of New England
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Thomaston
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Owner description: Your scenic hour and 15 minute train ride on the Naugatuck Railroad begins at historic 1881 Thomaston Station. Board the vintage 1920s coaches and prepare to see a side of the Naugatuck Valley that you just can't get from your car. The 20-mile round trip ride along the Naugatuck River hugs the river's edge, passing through state forest lands and alongside old, industrial brass mills of Waterbury and Thomaston. End your journey with a view of the river valley below the Thomaston Dam from a vantage point high above the spillway. Leave time to tour the displays at the depot and gift shop. Special events include Easter Bunny Express (the Saturday before Easter), Steamin' With Sadie - Steam Train Event in summer (July/August), Haight-Brown Vineyard wine tasting train rides, Fall Foliage and Train Rides to the Pumpkin Patch in October and all Holiday-themed Santa trains including daytime Santa Express and evening Northern Lights Limited, starting the weekend after Thanksgiving through all December weekends before Christmas. Note: There are no restrooms on board; facilities are available at the station. Passengers should arrive half an hour before departure. Free parking. Limited handicap accessibility with a wheelchair lift onto our vintage passenger cars (26" width max), please call ahead. Hours: Trips depart Memorial Day Sunday through September with Tues. at 10, Sun. at noon and 2; October trips Tues. at 10, Sat.- Sun. at noon and 2 plus Columbus Day Monday at noon and 2; last November weekend and December events, Sat - Sun at 2, 5 and 7 (check website). Museum exhibits are open only on days with train rides up to 2 hours before scheduled departures. Buy tickets online or by phone 24/7. Prices: Summer scenic train rides fare $15 Adults; $13 Children and Seniors (ages 3-12 and 62+). Fare for seasonal excursions and special events from $18 to $27 Adults; $16 to $27 Children and Seniors (ages 3-12 and 62+).
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Just okay”
Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

The museum is very small, but the enthusiasm of the volunteers is infectious and very sincere! They absolutely love their community museum and railroad , and are as helpful as can be. The train ride is not as long as they post on the internet. It was about 105 minutes long. It's a pretty route along the river. It is run by volunteers who love their railroad! The train seats are quite comfortable, and the train cars themselves maintained nicely.

1 Thank hgwixom
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Beacon Falls Ct,USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2012

not as great as essex but it is a nice place to spend the day...

2 Thank HowardtheD
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Cheshire, Connecticut
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“choo choo fun”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

kids love it and i did too. nice day trip closer to you than you think

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“Train Ride with Santa”
Reviewed January 21, 2011

My husband & I took our kids (5 & 9) to a ride aboard the Santa Express with Santa Claus himself, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s friendly elves for an hour and twenty minutes ride. The train was decorated nicely, the ride was not as scenic as I hoped for. Book your tickets early, the train was packed. What was really nice was that Santa came to each child and really took time to talk with them. The "elves" gave each child a small plush toy, which I thought was a pleasant surprise, instead of giving candy canes. After the ride, we got on line to get a small snack (doughnut holes) & drink (hot or cold apple cider or bottled water) which was included with the ticket. I thought that after the train ride we can visit the museum. It's called the New England Train Museum after all. Sadly there wasn't a museum, just a gift shop with a small model train going around. Overall, the kids enjoyed themselves but we all agreed that it was something nice to expereince once.

Visited November 2010
4 Thank OhMyCheese
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Mid-Hudson Valley, New York
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“Went to see Thomas the Train and went back to vist the same month.”
Reviewed August 28, 2008

My family & I had visited the RR Museum of New England at Thomaston, CT on August 2nd, 2008 for a "Day out With Thomas." It was only about 1 hour, 20 mins. from our NYS home. The event was fun for our 4 & 7 year olds but it was a short experience and because of the brutal storm later that day (into the next) the rest of our travel plans were ruined. We returned to the RR Museum a few weeks later on our return from another weekend trip and had a great time riding the "Naugy" (nickname for the Naugatuck RR). The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly, one staff member sat with my husband and talked about the engine for at least 1/2 the ride- he was great! The grounds of the station were less crowded and much more accessible than during "Day out with Thomas". Thomaston is quaint and the Museum was a fun day trip but you won't find a hotel in this town so plan ahead if you're from out of town.

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