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.
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.
I've been going on their Santa train for 4 years now and my daughter loves it! Special gifts are given to each child after they meet with Santa. The bells were an extra special touch this year!
Awesome place, especially if you are really interested in older trains.
Trains are cool and this place has them enough said. Also the Christmas train ride if you have young ones is affordable and well worth the trip.
I love the Railroad Museum of New England. I live in Thomaston so I usually try to take my grandkids for a train ride when they visit. I was invited on the Northern Lights ride and we had a great time. Wish my grandkids were here to enjoy it. The train was decorated with Christmas lights and Santa's Shop was nicely decorated and even had a beautiful train made of Christmas lights and Rudolph was waving at the train as Santa boarded. The kids were all having fun.