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“Great for RR Buffs, Car Buffs, Children! Thomas the Tank Engine Days in August!”

Boothbay Railway Village
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Boothbay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We invite you to travel back in time to vintage Vacationland with us. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an vintage steam or diesel locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a collection of 60 antique autos. When you visit the Museum you'll learn about how technologies like steam engines and the automobile changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. In addition to the opportunity to ride in a vintage coach behind a vintage locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of our Ford Model Ts. Two of our most popular attractions are the resident goats who delight visitors of all ages with their antics. From a display of hundreds of salt & pepper shakers to a collection of engines that powered everything from small boats to whole factories, there truly is something for everyone in your family here. Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals. The Museum is also a unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 17, 2013

I really like this place and have been visiting it for almost two decades. The two-footer steam train makes a circuit then another one, and on the second one stops at the top. There is a great car museum "A 1902 Rambler to a 1962 Rolls", some really wonderful cars. There is an early 1900s Oldsmobile, Packards, Model Ts including Station Wagons, a 1946 "Jeepster" to serve the post-war civilian market, etc. When you leave the auto museum there is a model railroad display next door, one of those multi-track small village constructions about four feet off the floor (the type you wished you had had in your basement when you were 10!). There are period displays scattered throughout the ground which you walk down and among to get back to the main station. On your way out be sure to stop at the Gift Store, books and gifts for old trains and cars and plenty of items for the children. This year there were "Thomas the Tank Engine" days the ninth through the eleventh of August if I remember correctly, check the website before you come for details. They have "Thomas" at the head or three or four of the two-footer cars with the regular steam locomotive behind (I don't know if it was a 'pusher' or not). They also have extra games and attractions for the children but it is busy and packed so plan to get there early for best results.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thanks so much for posting your review and for being such a loyal visitor. The Museum will turn 50 next year so we know there are lots of stories about two and three generations growing up visiting and watching the Village grow and change. We have some new programs in mind for next summer, we hope you'll be back!

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Riding around on a partly cloudy, rainy day with the sun not making any promising appearances we decided not to go to the gardens and came upon the railway village.
We stopped and were told that some of it is inside and some outside decided to give it a tour.
We sure were wishing we had our grandchildren with us as it was a day with Thomas!
We were not disappointed. They had entertainment, singing, photos to be taken with Thomas and other characters, and tattoos. Even though we did not know these characters it was fun watching the children that were there interacting with them.
The rain came and went , and thankfully stopped altogether. This gave time for the roads to dry up and the walking easier. The buildings were very interesting and filled with some fun finds, such as the shaker house. A house filled with a collection of salt and pepper shakers (cute).
Thomas the engine was rolling around the tracks carrying people around the grounds. Very nice to see Thomas having photos taken with some very happy fans.
One building housed some very beautiful antique cars. One car was touchable, and the children , as well as the adults were thrilled to sit and drive and touch this oldie but goodie.
One entire building was filled with train sets. Great for any train fanatic.
Rooms with antique fire trucks , old engines buildings still used as town halls and voting places.
This was more than a railroad visit, it was interesting and historically fascinating.
A barrel train ride was full every time we saw it.
A pretty cool place.

Thank Helen M
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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thank you so much for choosing to visit the Railway Village and for taking the time to post a review. There certainly are a lot of things to do in our region and we're glad that you visited us! We know that when we host Thomas it pretty much takes over the entire campus. We're so glad that you enjoyed the festive atmosphere - we think it's an awful good time too!

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This Railway Village is great anytime, BUT if you can spend a day with Thomas the Train...well, thats just as good as it gets! Saturday August 10th was such a day. Papa with his two year old grandson, along with Nana and Daddy spent the day at the Boothbay Railway Village with all the Thomas attractions. A twenty minute train ride on Thomas (all aboard, including grown ups), the kids Barrel train ride, family hay ride, Imagination Station making colored sand wrist-lets, and coloring. Food vendors. lemonade stand, BBQ, picnic, and all the best for a great day. The Kids would yell out "THOMAS" everytime the whistle blew. He is so loved by the kids, and to see the happy faces is just about as good as it gets! if you ever get a chance to spend the day with Thomas, do it, its a memorable experience for all ages.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

We're so glad you had a great time at "Day Out With Thomas." We appreciate that you took the time to post a review and we look forward to seeing you again next year when Thomas rolls back into Boothbay!

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Who doesn't love a train? In addition to the train ride this village provides a great overview of railroad history, interactive enough for kids of every age to enjoy.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

Thanks so much for posting a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I took our son down here for "A Day Out With Thomas" and we had a great time. The look on his face and in his eyes said it all when he saw Thomas-that amazement, wonder and happiness all in one. Plenty of other activities here too, from the "Kranky Karts" to the car museum, there is plenty to see here and spend an enjoyable part of a day at. This was a special event so there were some food vendors there, but they don't appear to normally have food there.

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BRV_Margaret, Manager at Boothbay Railway Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

We're so glad you had a great time at "Day Out With Thomas." Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Just so you know you are correct about the food vendors. We offer the food concessions only on special event days but guests are more than welcome to bring a picnic anytime they visit!

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