Ahh, Autumn! Fall Foliage Train Rides
Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Marshfield Station
This popular and historic railway carries passengers via biodiesel engine or vintage steam engine with replica coaches up a three-mile-long trestle to the 6,288-foot summit. Here you’ll see the surrounding national forest’s brilliant hues from some of the steepest railroad tracks in North America (37 percent grade in one stretch). On the ride up, the landscape and foliage change with the elevation. From the summit, you can take in panoramas of the mountains and valleys from New Hampshire to Vermont and, on clear days, as far as Maine and Canada.
Hobo Railroad Harvest Time Express
The Hobo Railroad is celebrating election season with a cornstalk exhibit called “Scarecrows of the Oval Office.” This is the Railroad’s third year showcasing the critters, which are on display every day until 3 p.m. at no charge.Some of the Oval Office scarecrows are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and family, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Both major party presidential candidates are also on display with the pseudonyms Celery Clinton and Donald Stump. Trains depart daily from Lincoln at 11am & 1pm.
Conway Scenic Railroad
On the notch train, you’ll travel on tracks that were laid in the 1870s and enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, and panoramic mountain vistas. Live commentary onboard includes history and folklore of the railroad and area, as well as points of interest.