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Naugatuck Railroad (Railroad Museum of New England) - Special Events 2017
 
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Join us as we embark on a magical journey and celebrate the Christmas season. The Santa Express and Northern Lights Limited are by far our most popular trains of the year, running every weekend (Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays) from the day after thanksgiving all the way up to the weekend before Christmas Eve. All trains are about 1 hour and 20 minutes in length.

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The Santa Express are our earlier trains, where parents and kids alike are able to hop on board for the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. As the trains travels through the cold winter wilderness, passengers will be able to visit with Santa and play with his Elves. Each child will also get a special gift from Santa’s own toy bag.

Santa Express:

This service is scheduled early @ 12pm (limited days) and 2pm most days other services are running.
First class service amenities include:
  • Seating in our 1891 Rutland combine car with plush seating (limited to 32 reserved seats) seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Longer visits with each child by Santa
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Hot chocolate service in Special Travel Mugs
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves
  • Gift Bag with additional information and goodies

Coach Service:
  • Comfortable seating in our Regular excursion coaches seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves
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The Northern Lights Limited

The Northern Lights Limited are our evening trains, and is similar to our earlier Santa Express trains, but with some added touch. Leaving under the cover of nightfall, experience the magic as the lights inside and out of each car are lit, illuminating the entire train in a soft, cheerful glow. Upon departure, you will be taken directly to the North Pole, picking up Santa and Mrs. Claus for all to see. Once on board the train, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take turns visiting with all those on board as the train slowly chugs along through the night. While Santa is visiting each of all the good boys and girls on the train, his Elves will keep you busy dancing and singing along to the music. Each child will get an extra special gift from Santa’s toy bag.

Northern Lights Limited:

This service is scheduled @ 5pm and 7pm most days other services are running.

First class service amenities include:
  • Seating in our 1891 Rutland combine car with plush seating (limited to 32 reserved seats)
  • Train is Lighted and seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Visit to Santa’s workshop Display to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Longer visits with each child by Santa
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Hot chocolate service in Special Travel Mug
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves
  • Gift Bag with additional information and goodies
Coach Service:
  • Comfortable seating in our Regular excursion coaches
  • Train is Lighted and seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Visit to Santa’s workshop Display to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves


**NOTE: Tickets are NOT mailed. Tickets are to be picked up at the “Will Call” counter inside the Historic Thomaston Station the day of the event. All trains leave on time, so please pick up tickets and be at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure**

 
 
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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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