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“Singularly the most awesome thing in Medford”

Medford Railroad Park
Ranked #5 of 45 things to do in Medford
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

For a father of two young boys, one of which LOVES trains, this was simply a magical visit. Keep in mind their limited hours, twice a month on Sundays? We unfortunately showed up on a Friday, but called the number on the gate and was treated to a private tour. It was so nice of the volunteer who made our entire vacation, even taking us on a ride or two of his own train. Needless to say, if you can plan a visit (during operating hours), this is as "kid-friendly" as it gets and will make your little ones very very happy. If you love old trains and history, this will also be right up your alley, so don't think its just for the little ones. I can't say enough good things about this place and their mission.

Thank mghtycthul
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I have been here a couple of times for a child's birthday party. Inside the park they have an area for sitting under shade or in case of sudden rain storms. It is clean and the attendants are kind and great to the kids. The "conductor" takes the kids on rides and parents/adults are welcome to ride the trains as well. I feel younger children should be attended by adults or older children as they are not "held in" by any strap etc. Outside the park, the area is frequented by homeless people....I have not heard of any problems, but would not want to have children wander off by themselves. So if you take your children, stay with them, or make sure they are well supervised.

1  Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We have been here several time and lately they done a lot of work to the park to improve the atmosphere/experience. There are several clubs here; there is a HO model train club, a Live Steam train club that mostly features diesel engines that you can ride on, a Garden Railroad with several different tracks, a Morse Code Club, a Full sized Train club that has several real RR cars on display. If your family or kids like trains this is the place to be. They even have a small riding Thomas locomotive for little kids to ride. Admission is free but donations are accepted since everybody volunteers their time at these clubs. They also offer snacks like hot dogs and soft drinks at a small snack bar at very low prices. Great place to go on the weekends, but you need to check their schedule for when they are open to the public.

Thank CaliPaula
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Got kids who want to ride a choo-choo? Or maybe Dad has a fascination for steam engines? Everybody gets a stimulating moment at Medford Railroad Park. It's been there forever, and few visit frequently, but it's always there, and fascinating! Volunteers share their hobby generously, and bring rail to hands-on reality.

Thank Jim_el_11
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Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

I would suggest arriving early since its only open until 3pm. Reading that it was free and run by volunteers I thought it was going to be a piddly little nothing park/museum. But, in Medford randomly for the day and somewhat limited by mobility, we decided it should still be fun for our 2 year old daughter who loves trains lately. When we read that its only open 2x a month and it just happened to be one of those days, we decided it was fate.
This place was great, only complaints were the heat (although they have cool water misters hung to ease the heat while in line for snocones.) and the length of time we had (we didn't arrive early enough).
I would suggest bringing small bills as different activities are run by different railroad clubs and collect donations separately. Donations are not a pushy type request, some activities have a donation jar but no one manning it, so a family on a budget could easily and without being made to feel bad, enjoy the park at no cost.
The food was reasonably priced also! They have a cheese sandwich for $1 (and other foods) and bottled water is $0.50-$1 (to give you an idea). There are places for picnics and places in the shade to take a break.
The park is motorized wheelchair accessible but there were some gravel areas that werent the easiest pushing a stroller but not too bad and not many bad spots.
They have a couple kiddie trains for toddlers to ride by themselves with barely a line (everyone in line at once rode together so not much waiting). There were lines for the other mini trains that adults could ride on with kids.
I wish it were closer to home because we would definitely go more often, use it for birthdays etc if it were!

Thank Meenahug
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