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New England excursion trains have dining cars and foliage viewing

Excursion trains provide a round-trip sightseeing experience. Explore New England’s mountains, fall foliage, river valleys and wildlife from the comfort of an old-time train with full amenities. Seasonal train excursions celebrate fall foliage, Halloween, and the holidays. These family-friendly trips through scenic, historic routes offer a variety of seating and dining options, special events for kids, and a vintage journey through nature’s beauty.

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251 Toll-Free: 800-232-5251

All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire's White Mountains

At Conway Scenic Railroad, you’ll enjoy old-fashioned train rides, all departing from a beautiful 1874 Victorian Station in North Conway Village. Whether you choose a Valley route to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, you'll experience the fun of rail travel in the comfort of open or enclosed, restored passenger cars. Coach, First Class and elegant Dining Car seating are available on all routes. Trains run rain or shine, and round-trip excursions are from 1 to 5½ hours. Schedules vary, so be sure to call 1-800-232-5251 for details, or visit our website by clicking above. Valley Trains run April 15 through December 31. The Notch Train operates June 13 through October 28. The Railroad hosts family events throughout the season, including Day Out With Thomas™ in July, Pumpkin Patch Express in October, and Santa’s Holiday Express. This is a journey back in time the whole family will enjoy!

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Ride above the clouds on 'The Cog'

When you ride on the world's first mountain-climbing Cog Railway train, you're in for a treat. Your train will carry you above the clouds to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast, where all of New England spreads out before you.
You'll marvel at the spectacular views from your coach window as your train climbs the steepest railroad tracks in North America. It's an exciting and unforgettable experience for the whole family. Three-hour round trip with onboard audio tour. Includes free admission to the Observatory Museum at the summit. Base Station with museum, restaurant and gift shop.

3 Crossing at Riverplace North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-3500

Take a delicious jounrey aboard this timeless dinner train

Experience a most unique culinary adventure in the White Mountains aboard the Café Lafayette Dinner Train offering majestic scenery along with fine dining. Your journey comes to life as you leisurely travel south from North Woodstock, rolling along the western slopes of the mountains and the Pemigewasset river and back in beautifully restored railcars. Here’s the perfect way to enjoy the magnificent region and great food along the way. Called timeless and memorable, the Café Lafayette Dinner Train offers a 2hour 20 minute run in beautifully restored railcars where the chef and culinary team offer enticing menus, fine wines, exciting cocktails and gracious service. Reserve space from a table of four, full railcar, the entire train, or anywhere in between.

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

A unique excursion through a unique landscape

Your 2½-hour excursion begins at historic 1892 Essex station. The first part of your trip is behind one of our steam locomotives—two of only 100 steam locomotives in service in the U.S.! That’s down from 180,000 steam locomotives in the heyday of steam. Connect with the Becky Thatcher riverboat at Deep River Landing for a scenic journey through the Connecticut River Valley and discover one of “the last great places on Earth.” The train then returns you to Essex Station. Rain or shine.