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Tourist Train Rides > New England

Scenic and heritage train rides in New England States

Mt. Washington Cog Railway tourist train

Tourist railways feature historic train rides and scenic routes to provide memorable day trips that are fun for the whole family! Photo: Mt. Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire. © Mt. Washington Cog Railway.


Connecticut

East Windsor Hill, Connecticut

This 17 acre (7 hectare) outdoor museum contains over 70 pieces of rolling stock dating back to 1869. Vintage streetcars operate along its on-site track. Highlights include a guest operator program. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, online ticketing, telephone: +1 (860) 627-6540.

Danbury, Connecticut

Located within a 1903 downtown station and rail yard, the museum operates "Rail Yard Local" train rides and displays a collection of historic rolling stock. Highlights include cab rides and Connecticut's only operating turntable. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, telephone: +1 (203) 778-8337.

Essex, Connecticut

This classic steam train rolls through the countryside, passing nature preserves and Colonial villages. The connecting Becky Thatcher riverboat cruise is a popular add-on. Highlights include Essex Clipper Dinner Train and Gillette Castle Connection. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: dinner trips, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, online ticketing, telephone: +1 (800) 377-3987.

Thomaston, Connecticut

NRR passengers relax in restored vintage 1920s coaches while criss-crossing the Naugatuck River on its 20 mi (32 km) circuit through Mattatuck Forest. Highlights include historic equipment and artifacts and a guest engineer program. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, telephone: +1 (860) 283-7245.

East Haven, Connecticut

The USA's oldest operating trolley museum runs vintage streetcars along a scenic 3 mi (5 km) line that's been in service for over a century. Hands-on exhibits include nearly 100 trams, cable cars and trolleys including horsecars and double-deckers. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, telephone: +1 (203) 467-6927.

Maine

Brooks, Maine

The Brooks Preservation Society operates excursions to Waldo along a 6 mi (10 km) segment of scenic railway rich in Downeast history. Highlights include train station listed on the National Register of Historic Places; rail bike excursions; selected runs to Thorndike and Burnham Junction. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, telephone: +1 (207) 722-3899.

Boothbay, Maine

A narrow-gauge coal-fired steam train shares billing with a livery of historic automobiles adding special authenticity and charm to this re-created New England village. The train rings a layout of 28 preservation structures set around a village green. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, telephone: +1 (207) 633-4727.

Brunswick -Rockland, Maine

The Maine Eastern Railroad suspended service in late 2015..

Portland, Maine

Along a remnant of Maine's 19th-century narrow-gauge railroads, passengers may view the islands and activities of busy Casco Bay. Highlights include steam days, open-air gondola and guest engineer program. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (207) 828-0814.

Kennebunkport, Maine

The world's oldest, and largest electric railway museum runs classic streetcars up and down a 1.5 mi (2.5 km) demonstration track. Over 250 trolleys and other transit vehicles from the US, Canada, and other countries are preserved on site. Highlights include Be a Motorman and educational programs. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, telephone: +1 (207) 967-2800.

Alna, Maine

Within easy reach of Maine's popular coast, museum visitors are treated to a scenic ride along a restoration segment of the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway's original two-foot gauge railroad (circa 1894-1933). Steam runs in summer. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, gift shop, telephone: +1 (207) 882-4193.

Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts

Amid the rustic beauty of the Berkshire Hills, the BSRM's Hoosac Valley Service meanders along a historic and scenic line connecting North Adams Sation with historic downtown Adams. Highlights include access to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: holiday/event excursions.telephone: +1 (413) 637-2210.

Hyannis, Massachusetts

Sand dunes and cranberry bogs skirt this historic route between Hyannis and the Cape Cod Canal. Scenic excursions as well as brunch, luncheon and dinner trains are scheduled. Highlights include a Rail/Sail cruise combo. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: dinner trips, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (888) 797-7245.

Carver, Massachusetts

America's oldest 24 in (70 cm) narrow-gauge railway is part of a family fun park located on a 1500 acre (600 hectare) cranberry plantation. Other attractions include antique trains and autos, eateries and a dozen amusement rides. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (508) 866-8190.

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

The museum's beautifully restored 1896 Trolley Car No. 10 shuttles visitors around its original rail yard. Highlights include historic equipment and artifacts, restored car barn and guest motorman program. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (413) 625-9443.

New Hampshire

North Woodstock, New Hampshire

"The Restaurant with the constantly changing view" serves up gourmet five-course dinners along with stunning mountain and woodland vistas. Restored dining cars include a Pullman Planetarium dome car. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: dinner trips, train charters, gift shop, telephone: +1 (603) 745-3500.

North Conway, New Hampshire

CSRR's Notch Train travels through the heart of the White Mountains. A separate Valley Train explores the countryside with trips to Conway and Bartlett. Highlights include dining cars on both routes and the first-class Notch dome car. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, dinner trips, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, wheelchair access, telephone: +1 (800) 232-5251.

Lincoln, New Hampshire

The "Hobo" trails along the Pemigewasset River on a memorable journey through the heart of the White Mountains. Highlights include Hobo Picnic Lunches available onboard. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, telephone: +1 (603) 745-2135.

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Eco-friendly biodiesel locomotives grip the world's oldest mountain cog railway, taking passengers on a spellbinding thrill-ride to Mt. Washington's mile-high summit. Historic coal-fired steam engines run at least once a day. Highlights include mountain-top observatory access. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: rail museum, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, telephone: +1 (603) 278-5404.

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Pulled by a rare gear-driven steam locomotive, the train's woodland route takes it across a unique covered railroad bridge. The WMCRR is part of the Clark's Trading Post fun park. Other attractions include a bear show, bumper boats and a circus. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, telephone: +1 (603) 745-8913.

Weirs Beach & Merideth, New Hampshire

In the heart of the historic Lakes Region, WSRR offers a family-pleasing outing along the Lake Winnipesaukee shore. Highlights include onboard picnic lunches, caboose rides and an Ice Cream Parlour Car. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: dinner trips, holiday/event excursions, train charters, gift shop, snack bar, telephone: +1 (603) 745-2135.

Rhode Island

North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Cruising along Aquidneck Island, guests enjoy fine cuisine while taking in spectacular views of Narragansett Bay. Highlights include murder mystery, bistro, and ice cream trains. Trains operate seasonally. Selected features: dinner trips, holiday/event excursions, telephone: +1 (401) 295-1203.

Newport, Rhode Island

Century-old coaches, outfitted with potbelly stoves, include a first-class parlour car with wicker seating. The retired aircraft carrier USS Saratoga is among the sights along the Narragansett Bayside route. Trains operate year-round (Sunday only), telephone: +1 (401) 849-0546.

Vermont

Burlington and Chester, Vermont

Vintage train rides through the scenic Vermont countryside include excursions along the historic Champlain Valley and half-day fall foliage trips into the Green Mountains. Selected features: holiday/event excursions, train charters, telephone: +1 (800) 707-3530.
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