Thomaston: Litchfield Special Excursion Slated

The Railroad Museum of New England is sponsoring the East Litchfield Special excursion train ride with a 2 p.m. departure time on Saturday, July 6 from the Thomaston Station, 242 East Main St. A sketch by Jesse Richards in 2014, depicts the East Litchfield Village in 1880. 

THOMASTON — The Railroad Museum of New England is sponsoring the “East Litchfield Special” excursion train ride with a 2 p.m. departure time on Saturday, July 6 from the Thomaston Station, 242 East Main St. The Village of East Litchfield grew up in the railroad era around the depot that served the rail line along the Naugatuck River.

Members of the East Litchfield Village Improvement Society have planned this unique excursion to honor the historic heritage and the 300th anniversary of the Town of Litchfield at the site of the Depot and the East Litchfield Chapel.

Passengers will be offered a brief walking tour led by Dan Keefe, a local historian, and an open house at the East Litchfield Chapel.

There will be displays of historic photos at the chapel, which has been restored by the East Litchfield Village Improvement Society, as well as light refreshments. All are welcome to come enjoy East Litchfield’s history.

The Chapel, located on East Litchfield Road South, will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm

The last regularly scheduled passenger train stopped at East Litchfield almost 100 years ago, when the New Haven Railroad discontinued passenger service to the village, according to RMNE President Steve Casey.

“The RMNE is glad to collaborate with the community to bring history alive and celebrate Litchfield’s 300th anniversary,” Mr. Casey said.

Tickets for the train ride are available for purchase by visiting www.rmne.org.

The price is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children.

Those seeking additional information may visit www.eastlitchfield.wordpress.com or contact Barbara Putnam by emailing bdputnam@alum.mit.edu or calling 860-567-4465. 

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