Excursion Trains in New England

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.

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On The Bridge - Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train - North Woodstock, NH
Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train

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

Escape from ordinary excursions when you travel aboard this elegant dinner train

Escape from ordinary excursions and reserve a seat on board the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, one of the nation’s premier dinner trains. In your 1950s restored vintage rail car, perhaps the one with the dome, you’ll relax in elegant surroundings, including ornate woodworking, stained glass and brass. You’ll be served an equally elegant five-course meal, from a seasonally inspired menu, and enjoy special cocktail selections from a full bar. The train travels 20 miles through the lovely Pemigewasset River Valley. You’ll rumble through woods, over three trestle bridges, the Jack-O-Lantern Golf Course and a Christmas tree farm before returning to the train station in North Woodstock. The dinner train runs May through October and is available for private dining and special events.
Valley Train 500x250 - Conway Scenic Railroad - North Conway, NH
Conway Scenic Railroad

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

Excursion trains on scenic railroad provide passengers with the feeling of relaxed railroad travel

Passengers on board the Conway Scenic Railroad’s excursion trains will feel what it was like to travel from town to town by rail. Board a vintage passenger car at the 1874 station in North Conway Village, NH and take a two-hour ride to Sawyer River, crossing over bridges with spectacular views. Or, in a train especially popular with small kids because of its 55-minute journey, travel to Conway, NH and back, admiring the Mt. Washington Valley scenery as you glide along the tracks, pulled by a diesel engine. In winter, the Snow Train takes passengers to Attitash, NH where, if you wish, you can get off to ski or enjoy the resort across the street. Trains have snack bars; the river train also offers pre-ordered lunches.
At the Summit Station - Mount Washington Cog Railway - Bretton Woods, NH
Mount Washington Cog Railway

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

You’ll learn a little history and take some amazing pictures when you travel this cog railroad

When you hear the deep hum of a biodiesel engine or see a blast of smoke from a steam engine, you’ll know your trip up Mt. Washington aboard the historic Cog Railway is about to begin. Knowledgeable and entertaining engineers and brakemen and brakewomen will answer questions as you chug up the Northeast’s highest peak, passing through forests, by wildlife and ravines and through three climate zones until you reach the summit. Included in the thrilling ride is Jacob’s Ladder, the steepest railroad trestle in the world. A museum at the base station and a visitor center at the summit provide history about the 152-year-old railway, the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, as well as an interactive weather exhibit. Trains run from late April through November.
Excursion Train 500x250 - Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - Essex, CT
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

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

Make tracks into the past and enjoy scenic vistas aboard vintage steam train

Travel along tracks to a time when railroads were the preferred way to get from place to place when you board the cars of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Sit back in your comfortable window seats in a vintage coach and enjoy a narrated eco-excursion along the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The steam locomotive pulls coaches through quintessential New England towns, and near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek, where you might see herons, egrets, swans and, in February and March, bald eagles. Take the round trip back to historic Essex Station or, at Deep River Landing, board the Becky Thatcher, a Mississippi-style riverboat, for a Connecticut River cruise. Ask about the Essex Clipper Dinner Train for a unique fine-dining excursion. Please check our website for current train & riverboat schedules.
Happy Couple - Railroad Museum of New England - Thomaston, CT
Railroad Museum of New England

242 East Main Street Thomaston, CT, 06787 Phone: 860-283-7245

Treat yourself to a themed or scenic tour aboard a vintage steam or diesel train

Excursions aboard the vintage trains at the Railroad Museum of New England are a true treat. In the winter, take the daytime Santa Express or evening Northern Lights Limited to meet with Santa and sing with elves. In the spring, there’s the Easter Bunny Express; in the fall, the Autumn Colors Limited follows the river past the bright colors of Litchfield Hills, CT. Summer means visiting and dining in Torrington, CT via the Torrington Twilight Express. Other excursions include visiting Fascia’s Chocolate Company as part of the Chocolate Decadence Tour, picking pumpkins as part of the Pumpkin Patch train; and spirit-sipping trips. In December, the North by Northwest Express includes a screening of the Hitchcock movie and a trip aboard the famous 20th Century Limited train featured in the film.
Classic Train Bridge - Scenic RailRiders - Concord, NH
Scenic RailRiders

188 Sewalls Falls Road Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-931-1700

Traveling the rails on custom-built “bikes” is like a scenic train trip without the noise of a train

You could think of Scenic Railriders as a scenic, exciting excursion along train tracks — without the noisy train! In a custom-built two- or four-seat Rail-Bike, you’ll leisurely pedal along a beautiful stretch of abandoned railroad tracks in Concord, NH taking in the scenery and tranquil river views. You’ll pedal past farmland, through woods and over bridges along the Merrimack River. A guide will pass on some historical facts about the area as you coast along from Concord to Boscawen, NH and back: a 6.2-mile trip that takes about an hour and 45 minutes. The trip is perfect for all ages: Kids 5 and over can usually reach the pedals, and car seats, child seats and booster seats can be buckled right onto the Rail-Bike seats.

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