We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to both the North Pole Express and new Candlelight & Cocktails on Rails events. Even after adding a fifth day and later than planned departure times the events still sold out well in advance and the phone calls keep coming. The Museum’s staff and volunteers have come up with an opportunity for one more chance to celebrate the holiday season in vintage style.
On Saturday, December 30 starting at 1 pm a special New Year’s Ride will offer families the chance to take a heated steam train ride, enjoy the large model train and Christmas village display in the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall, and explore the exhibits on the lower campus including Harrington House decked out in 1940s Christmas style. Hot chocolate will be served in the Town Hall as well.
First Class ticket holders enjoy the Victorian splendor of the restored Franklin & Megantic Coach No. 2. The coach was originally built in 1903 and it embodies the typical travel of the era with its plush walkover seats and mahogany interior.
Standard tickets are $10, First Class $15 for attendees three years and older. Museum members participate for FREE in Standard Class, sorry no discounts on First Class. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. There is a small processing fee for Free Member Tickets from our ticketing agent. When ordering your tickets online remember: children under three years old do not need a ticket.
Departures are planned at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, and 3. The Museum may add later departures if demand exceeds capacity.
Can we bring our dogs?
Although the Museum is very pet-friendly the rest of the year this is one event where we suggest that your four-legged family members stay home.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tickets are non-refundable. If you do not show up on the date and time of your ticket we will automatically issue you a voucher for an equivalent number of visitors to come to the Museum during our regular operating season from late May – October of 2018. If you know in advance that you cannot attend, you may call the Museum at 207-633-4727 between 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday to request an alternate date or time. We will do our best to accommodate your request based on availability. No changes can be made through Instant Seats or after 4 pm on the Friday before your ticketed time. If we are not able to reticket you, a voucher for an equivalent number of visitors to come to the Museum during our regular operating season from late May – October of 2018 will be issued.
Is seating assigned or general admission?
Tickets are sold in two classes, Standard or First Class. If you are meeting friends/family at the Museum, be sure you purchase your tickets in the same class and simply board together. Your specific seats are not assigned. Seats within each class are first come, first served.
How long should we plan on staying?
The train ride lasts approximately 15 minutes but we recommend allowing 1 hours or more to do the other activities. Passengers should arrive and be ready to board the train at least 15 minutes prior to your ticketed departure time.
Trains operate during all weather conditions, but we reserve the right to postpone or cancel any train ride in extreme situations. Should that happen, cancellation information will be available on the Instant Seats website, on the Boothbay Railway Village website and Facebook page, and we will send an e-blast to all affected ticket holders. If the Boothbay Railway Village cancels a train, ticket-holders will receive a full refund or may request reticketing for different date or time, based on availability. Please note that processing & handling fees are not returnable.
The Museum’s address is 586 Wiscasset Road in Boothbay, Maine. We are located directly on Route 27 about 8 miles south of Route 1. Please allow plenty of travel time. Your ticket is for a specific train departure time but you may choose to enjoy the other activities before or after your ride depending upon your families preference. Trains depart on time and cannot be held for late arrivals. Unfortunately, there are no refunds or exchanges. The Boothbay Railway Village is not responsible for travel delays caused by accidents, road closures, road constructions, weather, etc. If you miss your train you are welcome to enjoy all the other holiday themed activities included with your ticket. If we have availability, we will do our best to find space for your family onboard a later departure.
Our caboose can accommodate wheelchairs. Be sure to order Standard tickets and give us a call once you place your order so we can make a note to have the ramp ready for your departure.
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 – 2
Boothbay Region Garden Club Festival of Trees
Saturday, December 2
32nd Annual Harbor Lights Festival featuring the lighted boat parade!
November 17 – December 31
Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
To learn more about how to light up your holidays in the Boothbay Region visit www.boothbaylights.org.