Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with BBQ and Bourbon and Bacon!

The exciting summer season at the Railroad Museum of New England launches on Memorial Day Weekend. Beginning on Saturday, May 26, families wanting to enjoy the scenic views of the Naugatuck River and the Litchfield Hills are invited to take a ride back in time on the Museum’s vintage 1920s passenger coaches.

Trains leave Thomaston Station at 12 noon and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays beginning this Holiday weekend, and throughout the summer. The 2 pm trains have the added feature of stopping at Fascia’s Chocolates in Waterbury to enjoy delicious selections of sweets.

Kicking off the season with some “special sauce,” on Saturday, May 26, the Museum is offering the “Litchfield Hills BBQ and Whiskey Special,” sponsored by Litchfield Distillery. This special event, for adults over 21, features a delicious mix of bourbon, BBQ and music with a train ride and scenic views.

The program starts at Thomaston Train Station at 5 pm, with the serving of the “Litchfielder”— Litchfield Distillery’s signature cocktail. The BBQ includes a hearty BBQ appetizer buffet of pulled pork sliders, dry rubbed chicken wings, BBQ ribs, bourbon BBQ meatballs wrapped in bacon, and more, all provided by Black Rock Tavern of Thomaston.

On the train ride to Torrington each guest will be offered a “Brown Derby” cocktail, live music and select cheeses. Upon arrival, passengers will take a leisurely, five-minute, down-hill walk down to the Five Points Gallery for scrumptious desserts, live entertainment, and coffee.

Desserts include caramel pecan cake drops, maple bourbon cannolis, caramel apple mini cheesecakes, truffle filled double chocolate cookie tarts, and mini cupcakes. The event finishes up with a walk back to the train and return ride to Thomaston, while enjoying a “Mochalotion” dessert cocktail.

Further into the season, the Museum also is scheduling four special excursions with the “Torrington Twilight Express” on Wednesdays from July 11th through August 1st. This special express train will run in collaboration with the Main Street Marketplace and leave Thomaston Station at 5 pm, departing Torrington at 7:30 pm, allowing passengers the chance to enjoy Torrington’s popular street festival.

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