My husband is the train lover, so I thought I was going just to keep him company as we visited another ho hum train museum. Boy was I wrong. We spent almost five hours at this incredible museum and I enjoyed every moment of it. It is actually like visiting several museums which only one $10.00 admission -- what a deal!
As the title says it is a village which just happens to have a tourist train going through it. Many of the buildings, including the two railroad stations, are real buildings that have been moved from other locations in Maine. Just as in many villages, you can visit a church, school, town hall, fire station, gas station, hardware store, grocery store, toy store, and several other buildings
There is a huge vehicle display building. We spent two hours looking at old cars, trucks, bicycles and wagons. There is even a 1917 car that they allow you to get into. It was interesting to see how how little equipment these early cars had. To change speeds you had to move a lever with one hand as you used the other hand to guide the steering wheel.
The kids all seemed to love this car as they did the 12 minute train ride which is included in the price of the ticket. You can take the train ride as many times as you want. We had the special treat of watching the engineer put coal and water into the engine.
There was a building telling about the history of Maine's narrow gauge railroads.
We thoroughly enjoyed the two room house with over 600 salt and pepper shakers displayed in one room and a late 19th century kitchen set up in the other room. There was also a 5 room victorian house set up in the early 20th century. We especially enjoyed the well stocked kitchen with its 1929 refrigerator.
We were able to go into most of the trains that were on displayed. I especially like the big caboose that had beds, a kitchen area, and a cupola -- an observation seat that the railroad employee had to climb up into so that he could observe the tracks for any danger signs.
It is a beautiful spot and we visited on a gorgeous fall stay. So we enjoyed just walking around the property. We will definitely return, when we come back to this area.
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