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These scenic excursion train rides are strictly for fun and sightseeing—and are great for that.




Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Restored trains chug through the pretty coastal countryside along the Connecticut River and the Connecticut Shoreline, then you take a short cruise on the river (if you wish). More...

Railroad Museum of New England

Ride historic trains along "the Naugy:" the Naugatuck River from Thomaston to Waterville CT, through the Mattatuck Forest and past the Black Rock cliffs. More...

Cape Cod Central Railroad

Take an excursion train trip from Hyannis to the Cape Cod Canal, enjoying the view and, if you wish, lunch or dinner prepared right on the train. More...

Chatham Railroad Museum

The railroad station in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has been preserved as a museum, and a good one it is. More...

Edaville Railroad

Founded as a nostalgic railroad buff's line, Edaville, in South Carver MA, sourthwest of Plymouth and northwest of Cape Cod, is now a full-fledged kids' amusement park, but the historic trains still play a major part. More...

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum

Climb aboard for a 90-minute, 20-mile round-trip excursion between Lenox and Stockbridge in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts: real Norman Rockwell country. More...

Winnipesaukee Railroad

This excursion train follows the shores of New Hampshire's largest lake, from Weirs Beach via Meredith to Lakeport and back. More...

Mt Washington Cog Railway

Undoubtedly the funkiest and most spectacular rail journey in New England, this historic line takes you up a vertiginous steep slope to the summit of Mount Washington, New England's highest peak. You gotta do this! More...

Mt Washington Cog Railway sign, New Hampshire
Cog railway locomotive. Note the tilt of the engine
to compensate for the steep mountain slope of the track.

Conway Scenic Railroad

Summer or winter, take an excursion into the White Mountains on this polished old-time train from a beautifully-maintained station depot in the center of North Conway, NH. More...

Hobo Railroad

Following tracks along the scenic Pemigewasset River from Lincoln NH, the Hobo Railroad takes you through the beauty of Franconia Notch State Park. More...

Loon Mountain

This summer and winter outdoors resort just east of Lincoln, New Hampshire, has its own splendid restored narrow-gauge steam locomotive hauling passenger cars on a short back-and-forth run through the resort. More...

Café Lafayette Dinner Train

Enjoy a relaxingfive-course, two-hour dinner while cruising 20 miles through the countryside near North Woodstock NH in restored railroad dining cars from the 1920s to 1950s. More...

Steam Locomotive, Essex
Steam Locomotive, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Ivoryton CT

Maine Eastern Railroad

Connecting Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset and Rockland with historic locomotives hauling parlor cars, Pullman coaches and a dining car, the Maine Eastern makes morning and afternoon runs Wednesday through Sunday along the coast in Midcoast Maine. More...

"Sunbeam" Pullman Palace Car

This palatial Gilded Age private railway coach features a drawing room, smoking room, dining room, bedrooms, all with elaborate Victorian luxury fittings. Used by Presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D Roosvelt, it isquite simply a palace on wheels. See it at Hildene, the Robert Todd Lincoln Estate in Manchester VT. More...

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum

"Narrow gauge" means the rails are closer together, and the locomotives and rail cars are smaller, but even more fun. This excursion train takes a short run along the Portland ME waterfront hauling the Rangeley Parlor Car, the only two-foot-gauge parlor car ever built. More...

Boothbay Railway Village

The beautiful Midcoast Maine town of Boothbay has its own museum of narrow-gauge railroad stations, steam engines, passenger cars, model railroads and automobiles. More...

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad

Another narrow-gauge line offering 50-minute excursions into the Maine woods over part of what was once the longest two-foot-gauge line in the USA (120 miles). More...

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Mount Washington Cog Railway

Above, Mount Washington Cog Railway locomotive at the foggy summit of the mountain.

Below, a dining car on the
Cape Cod Central Railroad, Hyannis MA.

Dining Car, Cape Cod Central Railroad, Hyannis MA

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