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Touch a Train Day at Washington Junction railroad yard

Posted June 13, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Downeast Scenic Railroad, Washington Junction, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: downeastscenicrail.org

WASHINGTON JUNCTION, Maine — The whole family is invited to the Downeast Scenic Railroad’s Touch A Train Day 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 21, rain or shine, at Washington Junction railroad yard located just north of Ellsworth.

Admission is free.

Here’s a chance to get up close and see a fully restored operating railroad. There will be a passenger train and a freight train on display. Visitors can tour the engine, the coaches and the caboose.

Kids of all ages are invited to sit in the engineer’s seat behind the throttle of the locomotive. Maintenance of way equipment used to repair and replace rails and ties will be on display. Engineers, conductors, and the railroad volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the displays and answer questions. Free rides through the rail yard in the caboose will be available.

During the Touch A Train event, visitors can purchase special advance sale tickets to that afternoons regular Downeast Scenic Railroad excursion and save $2 per person on the regular fare. The New England Steam Corp. will display the bell from Maine Central steam locomotive 470. The group is restoring the steam engine currently located in Waterville.

The Hancock Fire Department will have its fire truck on display.

From Ellsworth follow Main street to Washington Junction Road and turn on to Railroad Siding Road near the start of the Downeast Sunrise Trail. For information, visit our web site www.downeastscenicrail.org.

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