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Railroad Museum of New England - Special Events 2019

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Saturday, July 6, 2019, with a 2 pm departure from Thomaston Station

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The Railroad Museum of New England is sponsoring the “East Litchfield Special” excursion train ride on Saturday, July 6, 2019, with a 2 pm departure from Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston.

The Village of East Litchfield grew up in the railroad era around the depot that served the rail line along the Naugatuck River.

Members of the East Litchfield Village Improvement Society have planned this unique excursion to honor the historic heritage and the 300th anniversary of the Town of Litchfield at the site of the Depot and the East Litchfield Chapel.

Passengers will be offered a brief walking tour led by Dan Keefe, a local historian, and an open house at the East Litchfield Chapel.  There will be displays of historic photos at the chapel, which has been restored by the East Litchfield Village Improvement Society, as well as light refreshments. All are welcome to come enjoy East Litchfield’s history.

The Chapel, located on East Litchfield Road South, will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm

The last regularly scheduled passenger train stopped at East Litchfield almost 100 years ago, when the New Haven Railroad discontinued passenger service to the village

Tickets for the train ride are available at www.rmne.org.  The price is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children.

For more information, see https://eastlitchfield.wordpress.com  or contact Barbara Putnam bdputnam@alum.mit.eduor 860 567 4465

More information about the Railroad Museum of New England and its many train rides can be found at: www.rmne.org.
 
 
Sundays this summer starting on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with a noon and 2:00 pm departures

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The Railroad Museum of New England is sponsoring the “Torrington Express” excursion train rides on Sundays this summer starting on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with a noon and 2 pm departure from Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston.   Passengers can return to Thomaston on the 12:55 pm train or “lay over” in Torrington for two hours and return on the 2:55 pm train to Thomaston. 

Among the culinary and cultural places to enjoy in Torrington within a short walk from the Water Street Platform on Sundays are the Five Points Gallery, O’Connor’s Public House, Sasso's Coal Fired Pizza, and the Venetian Restaurant.

Those wishing to depart from Torrington’s Water Street Platform can buy tickets for the 12:55 pm excursion to Thomaston and return on the 2pm train from Thomaston.

The last regularly scheduled passenger train stopped at Torrington in 1958, when the New Haven Railroad discontinued passenger service between Winsted, Torrington, and Waterbury, according to RMNE president Steve Casey.   “We at the RMNE are excited to bring history alive with scenic excursion train service between Thomaston and Torrington,” he said.  “Most people have only seen the views of the upper Naugatuck Valley from Route 8 and local roads” Casey concluded.

Tickets for the train ride are available at www.rmne.org.  The price is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and children, and $1 for toddlers.

More information about the Railroad Museum of New England and its many excursion train rides and special events can be found at: www.rmne.org.





 
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The Naugatuck Railroad’s scenic round trip excursions are an entertaining mix of relaxing river valley scenery and our rich transportation history. It’s an exciting and educational experience for riders of all ages!

The scenic 20-mile round trip ride is one hour and 15 minutes long. All trains depart from Thomaston Station.

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Tickets/Schedules

Tickets may be purchased through the Railroad Museum of New England website.

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About the Railroad Museum of New England

The Railroad Museum of New England, Inc. is a not-for-profit educational and historical organization, founded in January 1968. The mission of the Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE) is to establish an interpretive facility where the story of the region's rich railroad heritage can be effectively told. We have an extensive collection of New England rolling stock, including locomotives of all types, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. We have New England railroad artifacts dating from the 1840's to the present… everything from tickets to signal towers. As much as we have acquired, all of it remains idle without our dedicated membership.

The museum concept is more than artifacts, it's also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad. We invite you to become involved in the museum's activities. Join the engine and train crew or exhibits and administrative departments. The operation of a museum and a railroad is interesting and varied. One of the goals of the museum is to allow all of the volunteers to experience all the jobs they are interested in. You might decide that this is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

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Directions - To the Thomaston Station

242 East Main Street
Thomaston, CT 06787

From Rt 8 Northbound: Take exit 38, left at bottom of ramp, continue north past 5 traffic lights into center of town, bear right at center of town, go two blocks past Plymouth Glass, follow "Railroad Museum" signs and take ramp on right down to station. Parking is straight ahead, across the tracks.

From Rt 8 Southbound: Take exit 40, bear right at bottom of the exit ramp, continue south into center of Thomaston, make a left at the first traffic light, go two blocks past Plymouth Glass, follow "Railroad Museum" signs and take ramp on right down to station. Parking is straight ahead, across the tracks.

From Plymouth, Terryville and Points East: Take Rt. 6 west across bridge into center of Thomaston, bear to the right at the village green/gazebo, then make two left turns and go two blocks past Plymouth Glass, follow "Railroad Museum" signs and take ramp on right down to station. Parking is straight ahead, across the tracks.

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Contact

Naugatuck Railroad (Railroad Museum of New England)
PO Box 400
Thomaston, CT 06787-0400

860-283-7245

Website:  http://www.rmne.org

Schedules and Ticket Sales https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/rmne/index-responsive.cfm

Email: http://www.rmne.org/contact-events/

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