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“Coloful ride in the fall expecially at Peak season”

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+).
Beacon Falls
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Coloful ride in the fall expecially at Peak season”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

A nice family trip, colorful in the fall, a nice view when the train stops near the Thomaston Dam and you can look down over Rt. 8 make sure you have a camera,

Visited October 2012
Thank david F
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Thomaston, Connecticut
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111 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Perfect example of small town charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

I have been here on several occasions..one for their Christmas train and once for an old steam train exhibit. On both occasions I truly enjoyed the atmosphere...its a welcome step back in time...bring the kids!

Visited December 2012
3 Thank Foodie_Mike1971
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Bristol, CT
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89 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

you first start out in an old train station with a small museum showcasing local items from the past, then you board the train and head South along the Naugatuck river into the northern reaches of Waterbury, an old industrial city, then you reverse direction passing through Thomaston again on your way to the Thomaston Flood Control dam, offering wonderful southern views of the Naugatuck river valley. Definitely worth the trip!

4 Thank Edward P
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New York
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46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Quaint and scenic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Nice way to spend a couple of hours if you are in the area. Recommended during Fall Season for the foliage. Conductor was very informative and friendly. Good views of the Naugatuck River.

3 Thank Russell C
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Bristol, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Santa Express”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

Went on the Santa Express ride in 2010 and enjoyed it very much. Wish there would have been more lights/ displays along the way to Santa's stop, but we had fun regardless. Santa visiting the kids on the train was definately fun.

Thank quiltingm0m
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