THOMASTON — The Railroad Museum of New England will host a Toys for Tots Collection train event with the U.S. Marine Corps Reservists from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, November 23, and Saturday, November 28.
Members of the community can drop off unwrapped gift donations to stuff a train car as it makes four stops in Torrington, East Litchfield, Thomaston, and Waterville.
The train will be at Church Street and Railroad, opposite from the Christmas Village in Torrington from noon to 12:45 p.m., East Litchfield Road south of Johnson Road, Exit 42 Route 8 in East Litchfield from 1:10 to 1:30 p.m., the Railroad Museum of New England station, 242 East Main St. in Thomaston from 2 to 2:45 p.m., and at Fascia’s Chocolates, 44 Chase River Rd., in Waterville from 3:15 to 4 p.m.
Toys are already being collected at Fascia’s Chocolates for those who can’t wait for the train.
As a sweet thank you for donating to the cause, Fascia’s Chocolates is offering 10 percent off coupons to donors with a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus for a socially distant meet and greet.
The RMNE, located at the historic Thomaston Train Station, is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer, educational, and historical organization that dates back to January 1968.
The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through educational exhibits and the operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.
The museum concept is more than just artifacts; it’s also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.