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 Our first train of the season will be on Saturday May23, 2015…..We look forward to  hearing “All Aboard” again!

TOUCH A TRAIN DAY IS JUNE 20TH !

The whole family is invited to the Downeast Scenic Railroad’s Touch A Train Day.  Join us Saturday June 20th from 9am to 12noon rain or shine at our Washington Junction railroad yard located just north of Ellsworth.   Admission is free.  Here’s your chance to get up close and see a fully restored operating railroad.  We will have our passenger train and a freight train on display.  You can tour the engine, the coaches and the caboose.  Kids of all ages are invited to sit in the Engineers seat behind the throttle of our locomotive.  Maintenance of way equipment used to repair and replace rails and ties will also be on display. Engineers, Conductors, and the railroad volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the displays and answer questions.  You can go for a free ride in our caboose through our rail yard.  During the Touch A Train event you can purchase special advance sale tickets to that afternoons regular Downeast Scenic Railroad excursion and save two dollars per person on the regular fare. The New England Steam Corporation will display the bell from Maine Central steam locomotive #470.  The group is restoring the steam engine currently located in Waterville.    So come join us Saturday June 20th from 9am to noon for the Downeast Scenic Railroads Touch A Train Day.  Learn all about trains, and ride in a caboose.  It’s all happening at the Downeast Scenic Railroads’ Washington Junction rail yard, from Ellsworth just follow Main street to Washington Junction Road and turn on to Railroad Siding Road near the start of the Downeast Sunrise Trail.  Join us for Touch A Train Day. 

Downeast Scenic Railroad Selected Down East Editors Pick for Best Day Trip

The Downeast Scenic Railroad was named Best Day Trip in this year’s poll of Down East Magazine readers’ favorites. Thousands of Down East readers voted February through April for their statewide selections and the Downeast Scenic Railroad made the list. The full list of the Best Of honored businesses, places and more, appears in the July issue of Down East.

The “Best of Maine” awards occur annually and provide Down East readers the opportunity to nominate the Maine people, places and things that mean the most to them. Based solely on popular vote, the winners represent the best of Maine as identified by the people who know Maine the best: residents and repeat visitors.

This year thousands of readers nominated their favorites across Maine,” said Down East Editor in Chief Kathleen Fleury. “To be included in this list selected by the readers of Down East or the editorial team here means that you truly are part of what makes Maine so great. Our readers and team take the task of selecting the Best Of very seriously. It really is an honor.”

“We are certainly honored to be chosen as this years Best Day Trip  by Down East Magazines readers.”,  said Downeast Scenic Railroad/Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. President, Tom Testa.  He added, “This is a huge acknowledgement to our board, generous supporters and especially our volunteers, all who have given in so many ways to help make the Downeast Scenic Railroad project the preservation and educational success it is today.”

 

Train0153Join us on the Downeast Scenic Railroad, the first tourist-passenger rail to grace the historic Calais Branch Line in decades, on an excursion ride this season!

The Downeast Scenic Railroad offers two trips per day Saturdays and Sundays through the season. Our round-trip tour travels from Ellsworth, Maine, on the historic Calais Branch Line to Ellsworth Falls and then to Washington Junction and back to Ellsworth. The ten-mile trip takes approximately 90 minutes.

In July of 2012 we began operating through the newly rebuilt wye at our Washington Junction rail yard.  The wye was built by the Maine Central in 1931 when they discontinued service to McNeil Point on the old Maine Shore Line tracks.  Trains like the Bar Harbor Express then ended their run in Ellsworth.  The Maine Central used the wye to turn engines and coaches around so they could be ready to leave Ellsworth westbound.  Come ride the Downeast Scenic Railroad now and travel over this historic section of track.  All of our Saturday and Sunday departures now use the wye at Washington Junction to reverse directions.

Passengers enjoy a ride in the refurbished passenger car.

Passengers enjoy a ride in the refurbished passenger car.

For more information check our Schedules-Fares section.

For additional information or to purchase tickets please call 1-866-449-RAIL (7245) or continue to browse our website.

We are proud to announce that after years of hard work rebuilding the railway, restoring our 1948 diesel engine, vintage passenger car and caboose, we mark our second year of excursions.

 

 

 

The Downeast Scenic Railroad offers two trips per day on Saturdays and Sundays through the season. Our round-trip tour travels from Ellsworth, Maine, on the historic Calais Branch Line to Ellsworth Falls and then to Washington Junction and back to Ellsworth. The ten-mile trip takes approximately 90 minutes.

It is the first tourist-passenger rail to grace the historic Calais Branch Line in decades.

While traveling this stretch of the line we have observed many forms of wildlife including osprey, Blue herons, Bald Eagles, moose, deer, snapping turtles, fox, beavers…and bears!

Young passengers wait their turn to board.

Young passengers wait their turn to board.

Of course, any day on the rails is a good one, and we look forward to having you join us soon!

Call 1-866-449-RAIL (7245) and reserve your place today!