Riding the Rails Through the Fall Foliage

There is no better way to experience the annual fall foliage season than a rail vacation through the fall colors in New England.
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Hobo Railroad Harvest Time Express

A classic New England foliage ride, The Hobo Railroad leaves for its 80-minute excursions from Lincoln (just down the road from Woodwards) daily between September 17 and October 15, 2017.  Each year, life-sized scarecrows created by the world famous Annalee Doll Co. are a favorite attraction with a new theme. 2017 is the year of the “Scarecrows of Sports”! Trains depart daily from Lincoln at 11 am & 1 pm.

Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Marshfield Station

The allure of Mt. Washington is extraordinary in autumn, and the Cog Railway is an ideal way for the entire family to enjoy the mountain and foliage. This 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. On the ride up some of the steepest railroad tracks in North America, the landscape and foliage change with the elevation. From the summit, you’ll take in panoramas of the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire to Vermont and, on clear days, as far as Maine and Canada.

Conway Scenic Railroad

On the Crawford 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 … 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. The Notch train will run September 5-7, September 9-15, October 15-20, and October 24, 26, 28.

Café Lafayette Dinner Train

For a more elegant experience, indulge in a ride in a beautifully restored rail car complete with an elegant, 5-course dinner. The Café Lafayette Dinner Train takes a leisurely 2-hour ride on the Boston & Maine track along the Pemigewasset River that allows you to admire the scenery while enjoying a distinctive culinary experience. For a panoramic view, reserve a spot in the 24-seat observation dome, the top level of the three-tiered 1952 Pullman Planetarium car. One of five built by the Missouri-Pacific Railroad, it’s the last in operation in the United States.

Mt Washington Cog Railway
Hobo Railroad
Conway Scenic Railroad
Café Lafayette Dinner Train