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COME RIDE THE DOWNEAST SCENIC RAILROAD THIS SEASON

Saturdays & Sundays ….June 28th &29th  through October 19th  departures 10:30am & 1:30pm

ALL ABOARD!

 

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!