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  by GE45tonner
 
New England does have Essex and North Conway, but seeing Steam on the G&U would be awesome!

Financially, how is Edaville doing these days?
  by drvmusic
 
I just visited Edaville for the first time in decades on Saturday and I was beyond impressed with the expansion project that is going on there! Nice to see that old F3 turned F10 there in its original (pre-MBTA) color scheme.

From what I've heard, in addition to renovating the railroad, they will add 23 more amusement rides! I found it to be a day well spent with the fam and I can't wait to see what the place is like after all of the renovations!

I do miss the Edaville of my youth and the longer ride, but I'm so glad the owner didn't sell to the developers and is re-building!
  by MaineCoonCat
 
[quote="On September 22, 2013 In an article entitled "Edaville on track for expansion", Robert Knox, Globe Correspondent"]
Edaville on track for expansion
In Carver, Edaville’s plans have neighbors wary

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The Edaville train in snow during christmas lights festival.

Edaville Railroad, the railroad theme park founded 65 years ago on a cranberry farm in Carver, has big new plans to broaden its appeal as a nostalgic celebration of small town America while adding rides such as a roller coaster and a water ride.

But some of the park’s neighbors have raised concerns over how its expansion would affect traffic and drainage in their Pine Street and Cherry Hill Drive neighborhood.

Neighbors collected 30 signatures on a petition asking the town to withhold all approvals until “such time as a traffic survey and a wetlands/drainage survey can be performed to guarantee that emergency vehicles will be able to get to our neighborhood without delay and no further water damage will be done to surrounding areas.”

Town officials said that when Edaville USA sought a permit from the Planning Board recently to make improvements to its entranceway off Pine Street, neighbors got wind of the company’s master plan for a significant expansion. It’s the park’s future plans, not the cosmetic changes to the entranceway, that caused concern, town planner Jack Hunter said.

“We got a petition from residents concerned about drainage, noise, and traffic,” Hunter said. “They care about the future expansion of the park, with a roller coaster and a log flume.”

A public hearing on the changes to the entryway packed the room and led to talks that addressed most of neighbor’s concerns. “We started to get somewhere,” Hunter said.[/quote]

Read the rest of the story at The Boston Globe's web site
  by frrc
 
Quote from the article...

“It’s not even remotely like the old Edaville,” Delli Priscoli said. “It’s completely focused on young children, their parents and grandparents, and siblings. We’re not chasing teenagers.”

Old Edaville RIP..

J
  by Mr rt
 
You are not going to be able to pay the bills if you rely on railfans !
  by Tracer
 
I was down there Sunday. They had 2 steam engines running (2 and 21 I think) . Big changes going on all over the property.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
[quote="At 2:06 PM on Monday, June 16, 2014, In an article entitled "Thomas the Tank Engine chugs its way to first permanent U.S. theme park ", THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via The New York Daily News"]
Thomas the Tank Engine chugs its way to first permanent U.S. theme park

Thomas Land, being built on about 11 of Edaville's 250 acres, near Boston, will have 14 rides based on the television show, with the highlight being a 20-minute train ride on a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine.

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AP Thomas Land is expected to be open for business in the summer of 2015.

BOSTON — Thomas the Tank Engine, the iconic talking cartoon train that has thrilled millions of children around the world, and Edaville USA Railroad, a favorite destination of generations of southeastern New England families, are teaming up on a permanent Thomas-themed park.

Groundbreaking on the first Thomas Land in the U.S. is scheduled for next month, and the park is expected to open for business in summer 2015. There are two other Thomas Lands, in the United Kingdom and Japan, but the Carver version would be the biggest.

"Thomas fits Edaville like a glove," Edaville owner Jon Delli Priscoli said.

Thomas Land, being built on about 11 of Edaville's 250 acres, will have 14 rides based on the television show, with the highlight being a 20-minute train ride on a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine. A roller coaster, drop tower, Ferris wheel and other rides will feature more Thomas characters, including Toby, Cranky the Crane and Harold the Helicopter. Children will even be able to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the railroad's administrator.

Edaville, which is still an active cranberry farm, and Carver are the perfect spot for Thomas Land, said Julie Freeland, director of live events for Hit Entertainment, a division of Fisher-Price, which owns the Thomas brand.


Read more at The New York Daily News' web site
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  by b&m 1566
 
I've never been to Edaville, so I never got to experience what it was like before it closed and going by what I've read, it was never the same when it reopened and certainly not after they abandoned a portion of the loop. This Thomas land sounds promising and is probably the best chance to keeping Edaville alive.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
Edaville USA posted this photo of the "Thomasland" groundbreaking yesterday on their Facebook page.

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  by Cosmo
 
Is there any truth to the rumor they are building a third loco to be "quasi Thomas/James/Percy"?
  by daylight4449
 
Cosmo wrote:Is there any truth to the rumor they are building a third loco to be "quasi Thomas/James/Percy"?
I have my doubts... But I do know they kept the unused parts that didn't go from the anaconda copper engines into No. 11.
  by MaineCoonCat
 
Just caught "Massachusetts' Maine Attraction" from 1991 on RFD-TV. Wow did that bring back memories...There is a "added commentary" version on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAQVd55iIbU
  by charding
 
This video is so cool - and Jim Boyd is the narrator…what more can one ask…thanx.
  by Mass Coastal 2010
 
Edaville Whitcomb #3 has been leased to Boothbay till October. Was sent up there around the 14th of this month.
-Mike
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