Boothbay Railway Village

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In a Nutshell

See more than 60 antique cars, 28 historical buildings, and a lovingly restored Merci Boxcar gifted to America by France post-World War II

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Promotional value expires Oct 12, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Not Valid for Day Out With Thomas 8/8-8/10 and 8/15-8/17. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Boothbay Railway Village

Established: 1965
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Don't miss our collection of more than 60 antique autos, from a 1902 Rambler to a 1962 Rolls Royce.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Narrow Gauge Steam Train Rides
Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Margaret Hoffman, Assistant Director

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Apart from the antique autos and our collection of trains and train-related items, we also care for more than 28 historic buildings and structures, including the original Freeport Station (c1912), moved here in 1964 when Maine Central Railroad stopped cargo service on that line. For more than fifty years LL Bean shipped packages around the world from that station. Other buildings on the grounds include a rare octagonal crossing shanty from Portland (c1905), Thorndike Station (c1871), Boothbay Town Hall (c1847), and Spruce Point Chapel (c1927).

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Maine’s Merci boxcar is part of the permanent collection at the Boothbay Railway Village. A restoration of the car and its beautiful plaques, bearing the coats of arms of all of the provinces of France, was completed in 2009. The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad box cars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from at least that many individual French citizens. They were showing their appreciation for the more than 700 American box cars of relief goods sent to them by (primarily) individual Americans in 1948. The Merci Train arrived in New York harbor on February 3rd, 1949 and each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift laden box cars. The 49th box car was shared by Washington D.C. and the Territory of Hawaii.

Customer Reviews

Nice place kids liked it.. especially the model trains.
Stephanie R. · October 10, 2014
We loved it there and the people are super friendly!
Elizabeth H. · September 24, 2014
Take time to explore all of the buildings -there is much to learn!
Kelly S. · September 24, 2014
Merchant Location Map
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    Boothbay

    586 Wiscasset Rd

    # RT27

    Boothbay, ME 04537

    +12076334727

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