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Help preserve New England's railroading heritage!

There are so many ways you can get involved:

  • Help us preserve historic railroad equipment, including our operating fleet of vintage diesel locomotives and heavyweight steel day coaches.
  • Become part of the regular train crew that operates our passenger excursions on the Naugatuck Railroad.
  • Help educate the public about our industrial heritage through our museum exhibits and tours.
  • Volunteer your time as part of our station and gift shop staff and help our visitors feel welcome.
  • Offer your professional expertise, or help arrange a donation of materials.

Every little bit helps!

Why not join the Railroad Museum of New England today?

Founded January 1968 as the Connecticut Valley Railroad Association, we are more than 500 members strong and growing. Our museum includes a diverse collection representative of New England railroading including locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and cabooses.

After three decades of preserving and restoring New England's railroad heritage, RMNE chose Thomaston as their new permanent home. The new Naugatuck Railroad was incorporated June 7, 1995 as a wholly owned subsidiary of RMNE. The first passenger trains ran in October of 1996 and continue to be a popular attraction. We currently operate between Thomaston and the Waterville section of Waterbury.

We are working towards building a world-class working railroad museum with your involvement... No experience necessary!

It's easy to join us!

Railroad Museum of New England Membership categories are:

  • Regular - $35.00
    ($5.00 for each child or spouse living under the same roof. If adding a family member, please provide name.)
  • Contributing - $50.00
  • Sustaining - $100.00
  • Sponsor - $250.00
  • Benefactor - $500.00
  • Patron - $1000.00

Please make checks payable to Railroad Museum of New England and send to:

  • RMNE Membership Secretary
    37 Brookside Avenue
    Belmont, MA, 02478-1035

All levels of membership include the "Along the Line" quarterly publication, the "Order Board" newsletter, a 10% discount on all gift shop items, passage on regularly scheduled Naugatuck Railroad trains, and a two dollar discount towards passage on special event trains. Please present your current membership card to the ticket agent for passage on trains (subject to available space).

Your donations are welcome!

Although we rely on our volunteers for labor, our operating expenses and needs are always an ever-present concern. Any donation of cash or tangible goods is always appreciated. The Railroad Museum of New England, Inc., is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, and our tax number is 23-7229704. Your continued support enables the Museum to remain strong.

Already a member? Consider upgrading your membership category! The value of your membership above $35.00 is tax deductible. Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-free donation to help support the preservation of New England's railroading history.

  • Louis Edmonds
    RMNE Treasurer
    P. O. Box 400
    Thomaston, CT 06787