Railroad Museum Of New England
The Railroad Museum of New England, Inc. (RMNE) is a not-for-profit educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the Railroad Museum of New England is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad. The museum concept is more than artifacts, it's also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.
Wonderful ride, especially the trip to the dam. Everyone (except Conductor Dave who only seemed interested in the children) was friendly and helpful. There was little narration and during the stop I mentioned it to the female Conductor (whose name I don't recall ) and she handed me the narrative notes which gave awesome information. For a volunteer organization this is well run. They are to be commended.
We had an amazing day with volunteers who love this place and are well knowledged experts because of thier love for trains! They saw the train fever in my son's eyes and took extra time explaining things to him! We got there early and even had a tour of the engine with the engineer! The people that volunteer are beautiful souls! An absolute must visit for young & train lovers!
We went on one of the Easter rides (there's a bunny, a rubber duck hunt, and candy for children). The views were lovely and the conductors and museum staff were cheerful, friendly, and informative. We went with a toddler and three babies under one, all of whom loved it. The train cars are quite old, so while they are clean and well maintained, there's definitely signs of wear - I can see some people not liking it. The museum itself is a little hard to find at first - it's under a bridge and hidden by other worn-down buildings. We had a great time - it was very relaxing and fun. I would definitely recommend it to all ages.
Yes, we know it was not steam but the trip was excellent! The Engineer took the train the furthest north than they normally do and the scenery was fantastic! Even had to stop a couple times to clear the tracks of fallen branches.
Friendly staff, cute and small museum and nice gift options.