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New England Fall Foliage Tours: Train Tours

Ride the Rails in New England for a Peak Leaf Peeping Experience This Autumn

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Cape Cod Central Railroad

The Cape Cod Central Railroad is one of many train tour operators offering nostalgic and scenic tours in the fall.

© 2001 Kim Knox Beckius
Updated June 02, 2014
A fall foliage train tour is a leisurely, old-fashioned way to experience the beauty of autumn in New England. Here is your guide to scenic fall train tours in the New England states.

Cape Cod Central Railroad
Watch the cranberry bogs go by on a scenic train trip from Hyannis, Massachusetts, to the Cape Cod Canal. This rail tour operator also offers brunch, luncheon and dinner train trips on select fall dates.

Conway Scenic Railroad
New Hampshire's White Mountains are one of the best places to see autumn's vibrant colors. Conway Scenic Railroad's Notch Train takes passengers on a five-hour tour of some of New Hampshire's most spectacular fall scenery as it chugs through Crawford Notch, following a historic route first traversed by trains more than 130 years ago. If you prefer a shorter train trip, opt for the 55-minute or 1-3/4-hour Valley Train tours, which provide colorful views of mountains and countryside en route from North Conway to either Conway or Bartlett.

Green Mountain Railroad
Embark on a nostalgic journey through the Vermont countryside during the luminous fall foliage season. Green Mountain Railroad operates two vintage trains in 2013: the White River Flyer (departing from White River Junction) and the Green Mountain Flyer (departing from Bellows Falls). The schedule of fall foliage tour dates is limited, so check available dates and reserve your seats online. Also check the schedule of special fall events including a Glory Days Dinner Train and a ride with Bonnie and Clyde.

Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads
You'll have a tough time choosing between these two scenic foliage trains that enchant New Hampshire leaf peepers each autumn. The Hobo Railroad makes 80-minute trips along the Pemigewasett River. The Winnipesaukee train provides memorable views of colorful trees reflecting in the state's largest lake on one- or two-hour excursions. If you really want to immerse yourself in the railroad experience, there are also luncheon tour options and a fall foliage lakeside turkey dinner train operates on select Saturday evenings in the fall.

Maine Eastern Railroad
Climb aboard a vintage train for a retro trip from Brunswick to Rockland, Maine. Scenic excursions are offered throughout the fall foliage season. The Midcoast's "Maine Line" also makes stops in Wiscasset and Bath.

Mt. Washington Cog Railway
For more than 140 years, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway has taken tourists to the top of New England. This amazing train climbs a steep, 3.1-mile trestle to the top of Mount Washington, New England's tallest peak. You'll enjoy sweeping views of New Hampshire's autumn glory as you make your ascent, and you may even see snow when you reach the summit.

Naugatuck Railroad
Depart from the historic 1881 train station in Thomaston, Connecticut, on a scenic, 1-1/4-hour rail ride aboard a 1920s-era coach. You'll enjoy fall foliage views as you travel along the Naugatuck River, through pristine Mattatuck Forest and high above the Thomaston Dam.

New England Fall Colors Rail Spectacular
For serious rail fans, Travel Unlimited offers an annual, multi-day trip through the New England states in the fall that includes numerous train excursions and other sightseeing outings. Reserve your spot early, as this tour, which begins in Boston, often sells out months before departure.

Railroads of New England with Fall Colors
Holiday Tours takes travelers on a nostalgic, week-long tour of railroads in the New England region. The tour departs October 6, 2013 from North Carolina.

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