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New England Railroads: History and Heritage

Program Number: 12310RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 7/27/2013; 9/28/2014 - 10/4/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/11/2014; 7/12/2015 - 7/18/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/10/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/17/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Price starting at: $1,590.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Train Treks; On the Road Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Ride along the historic rails of New England’s railroads on an adventure through the Connecticut River Valley, the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, and the cranberry bogs of Cape Cod. Stop to explore railroad museums, enjoy nostalgic train rides, meet with railroad historians and the people who operated these historic trains. Take a spectacular ride to the summit of Mount Washington aboard the Cog Railway and a visit to the museum.




Highlights

• Hear about New Hampshire’s railroads from a railroad historian and journalist, and then join him aboard the Conway Notch Train.
• Board the Cape Cod Central Railroad with a railroad historian and visit one of its historic stations.
• Ride the beautiful Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train on a scenic journey along the Pemigewasset River.



Activity Particulars

Elevations of 6,300 feet. Some walking over uneven terrain.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Windsor Locks, Conn., 2 nights; coach to Lincoln, N.H., 2 nights; coach to Falmouth, Mass., 2 nights; coach to Windsor Locks, Conn., departure.




Windsor Locks

Named for a set of locks on the canal that circumvents the shallows at Enfield Falls on the Connecticut River, Windsor Locks radiates small-town charm from an area less than 10 miles square. The town boasts four structures on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a tranquil hub from which to explore New England’s railroad history.



Plymouth (Massachusetts)

Plymouth, 35 miles southeast of Boston, was the site of the first permanent European settlement in New England and is now a fishing center with ship-related industries and colorful cranberry bogs. Plymouth Rock and re-creations of Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower are among the sites commemorating the arrival of the pilgrims on Dec. 21, 1620.



Lincoln (New Hampshire)

Perched in a portion of the White Mountain National Forest, picturesque Lincoln, N.H. (pop. 1,662) is an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca. It is home to a section of the Appalachian Trail, the Loon Mountain Ski Area, the New Hampshire Highland Games and a group restoring the Flying Yankee — one of only three 3-car diesel electric steamliners ever built.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotels.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Ben English

Ben English is a retired history teacher and firefighter who studies and chronicles the history of New Hampshire. The railroads of the Granite State are a particular area of expertise. His knowledge is displayed in the books “Trackside Around New Hampshire 1950-1970 with Ben English, Jr.” and “A Century of Railroading in Crawford Notch,” a steep and narrow gorge in the White Mountains. Ben lives in Jackson, N.H., and is a member of the Bartlett Historical Society.
 
Jim Coogan

Jim Coogan is an author and retired teacher who lives in the historic seaside town of Sandwich on Cape Cod. He grew up on the Cape, graduated from Boston College and served in the U.S. Navy before teaching high school history for almost 30 years. Since his retirement in 1999, Jim has written eight books about Cape Cod, including three for children. His “Sail Away Ladies: Stories of Cape Cod Women in the Age of Sail” won the 2004 U.S. Maritime Literature Award. Jim is a popular speaker on Cape Cod history, a regular columnist for the Cape Cod Times daily newspaper and the owner and publisher of Harvest Home Books.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
  Windsor Locks, CT 2 nights
   Comfort Inn & Suites
  Lincoln, NH 2 nights
   Holiday Inn Falmouth
  Plymouth, MA 2 nights
 Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located inside the Bradley International Airport, between terminals A and B, is great for those flying into and out of the area. Minutes away from the area's most famous cities and attractions - Hartford, Springfield, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags New England, and more.
  Contact info: 1 Bradley International Aipport
Windsor Locks, CT 06096 USA
phone: 860-627-5311
web: www.Sheraton.com/WindsorLocks
  Room amenities: Relax in one of 237 spacious guest rooms. Spend an evening in total comfort as you slip into a dreamy Sheraton Sweet Sleeper ™ Bed. Take comfort in the thoughtful touches in each guest room, such as 42” flat panel televisions, Starbucks® Coffee, Shine for Sheraton™ bath amenities and complimentary High Speed Internet Access.
  Facility amenities: Spend quality time together at the Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft, the perfect spot to surf the web, play games and grab a bite to eat. When your day of work or play is through, recharge in the Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance, or take a splash in the indoor pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact our office at 888-889-8681 and we will arrange this for you based on availablilty.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Comfort Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in the Hobo Railroad yard, overlooking Loon Mountain.
  Contact info: 21 Railroad Street, Route 112
Lincoln, NH 03251 USA
phone: 603-745-6700
web: www.comfortinnloon.com
  Room amenities: Phone, cable television, climate controlled, hair dryer
  Facility amenities: Elevator equipped, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fireplace lobby, internet service and work station.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Holiday Inn Falmouth
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 291 Jones Road
Falmouth, MA 02540 USA
phone: 508-540-2000
  Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV Color TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo In Room Video Games Available Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Two-Line Phone Number of Phones Direct Dial Phone Separate phone bills for separate lines Speaker Phone Telephone Jack Adapter Available Free Local Phone Calls Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Hairdryer Private Bathroom
  Facility amenities: Our Pool and Fitness area open daily from 5am-11pm. Its a heated saline pool withdimensions of 20 x 40. The Fitness area has 2 Treadmills, Free Weights, Stair Climber, Bicycle and an Elliptical machine, this area does over look the pool. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Year Last Renovation Of Equipment: 2010
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: None None
  Check out time: 8:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00-5:00 PM - Sheraton Hotel Lobby, CT You will be staying at Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bradley Airport - Sheraton Hotel You will be staying at Holiday Inn Falmouth the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is a parking at the hotel free of charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Windsor Locks, CT
  Nearest city or town:  Hartford
  Nearest highway: I-91
  Nearest airport:  Bradley International
  From End of Program
  Location:  Plymouth, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Plymouth
  Nearest highway: Route 28
Travel Details
 

Sheraton Hotel/Bradley International Airport Hartford

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
phone: 860-627-5311

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

N/A
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minute walk, no shuttle needed 

 

Distance:

 

5 minute walk, no shuttle needed

   

Hotel is located inside the Bradley International Airport, between terminals A and B, and is great for those flying into and out of the area. 5 minute walk, no shuttle needed

 

Sheraton Hotel/Bradley International Airport

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Airport Taxi
phone: 860-688-6870

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 From Hartford Amtrak Station
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

14 miles

   

From Hartford Amtrak Station

 

Sheraton Hotel/Bradley International Airport

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
phone: 860-627-5311
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free shuttle from the Windsor Locks Amtrak Station
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

This is for the Windsor Locks train station. Call hotel to let them know what time you will arrive at the station.

 

Sheraton Hotel/Bradley International Airport

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yelllow Cab
phone: 860-666-6666

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 From Hartford Amtrak Station
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

14 miles

   

From Hartford Amtrak Station

 
Driving Directions
  From the East From East Take Interstate 84 West to I-91 North. Follow to Exit 40, towards the Airport Departures Level. The hotel is located just beyond Terminal A inside the airport.
  From the North From North Take Interstate 91 South to Exit 40. Follow Route 20 to the Airport Departures Level. The hotel is located just beyond Terminal A inside the airport.
  From the South From South Take I-91 North to Exit 40. Follow Route 20 to the Airport Departures Level. The hotel is located just beyond Terminal A inside the airport.
  From the West From West Take I-84 East to I-91 North. Follow to Exit 40, towards the airport. The hotel is located on the Departures Level just beyond Terminal A inside the airport.
Elevation Note: We will be riding the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington at an elevation of 6,288.

Equipment Requirements: None
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome, registration, dinner and orientation
(Sunday, July 21)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: Please arrive at the Inn between 3:00-5:00pm. Check in at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information. You will then have until 5:45 PM to settle into your room.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientation. This will provide you with information about the inn, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will ask participants to introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, CT Trolley Museum
(Monday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a morning on the Essex Steam train and Riverboat. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat's 2˝-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley - designated "one of the last great places on earth" by the Nature Conservancy. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat. At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky's multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky's return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: After lunch we will have a program CT Trolley Museum. The Connecticut Electric Railway Association, Inc. is the owner and operator of the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Founded in October 1940, it is the nation’s oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era. As a non-profit institution, its educational and historical aim is the establishment of a full scale operating street and interurban railroad system with the appropriate accessory equipment and buildings, to recreate an important phase of New England’s business and social life from 1890 to 1949. A three-mile round trip streetcar ride with an educational narrative is provided to the museum’s visitors during their visit. All work at the museum, except for one paid employee in the museum office, is done by volunteers. There are over 70 pieces or rail equipment owned by the museum, some of them dating as far back as 1869. This collection is made up of passenger and freight streetcars, elevated railway cars, interurban cars, service cars, locomotives (diesel and electric), passenger and freight railroad cars, and other pieces of miscellaneous railway equipment.
 Dinner: Dinner is included at hotel
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Green Mountain Railroad - Yankee Flyer Restoration Project-Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at hotel before departure for Lincoln
 Morning: FIELD TRIP:Travel to the Green Mountain Railroad station in Bellows Falls, VT. Here we will meet with a local historian and tour a couple of their stock cars in the yard. The first railroad to operate at this location was called the Champlain & Connecticut River Railroad Co. in Nov. 1843. It later became known as the Rutland & Burlington Railroad Co. Construction on the “Island” at Bellows Falls began in Feb.1847. The rails were laid from Bellows Falls to Burlington in April 1849. Service between Bellows Falls and Burlington began in Dec. 1849. The original two-story station was built with native bricks from the brickyard of a local gentleman name Sanford Granger from Saxtons River in 1851. The station was destroyed in a spectacular fire in late Nov.1923 and was replaced soon after by the Rutland Railroad Co. to the present structure seen today.
 Lunch: A lovely lunch is served at the Historic Hotel Coolidge. The Central Vermont Railway laid the first rails in early 1847 and, by the following year, the line stretched 25 miles north to Bethel. On June 26, 1848, Vermont's first passenger train began service between White River Junction and Bethel, and by 1849, the line extended 90 miles north to Burlington and 15 miles south to Windsor. The success of the Central Vermont from Burlington to Windsor prompted the rapid addition of other lines to this area, and soon White River became the most important junction in Northern New England. Colonel Sam Nutt, a successful riverboat captain, recognized the need created by the railways for first-class hotel accommodations in White River Junction. In 1849, he retired from the river, purchased the Grafton House in Enfield, NH (some 20 miles to the east), had it transported to White River Junction, and after a period of reconstruction, opened the Junction House. Named Hotel Coolidge in honor of Colonel John Calvin Coolidge. The father of President Calvin Coolidge, Colonel Coolidge was a frequent guest of the hotel, and his picture still hangs in the lobby, sternly surveying passersby. President Coolidge himself stayed on the first floor in Parlor Room A, preferring by reason of superstition to occupy an unnumbered room.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Travel to Lincoln, NH where we visit members of the Flying Yankee Restoration Group for a presentation on their magnificent train. The mission of the group is to enable present and future generations to celebrate a unique piece of American technology - to understand how it was developed in response to a national and regional need, and how its technology continues to be innovative and world class, even today. They hope to enable youngsters, parents, neighbors, and guests from all over the world to again understand and experience the enormous impact that railroading has had on northern New England. They hope to reawaken them to the richness of our small, downtown centers that were generated by railroading, and enable them to experience first-hand what "quality-of-life" has meant for generations in northern New England; And finally they hope to allow people to read, experience and reconsider the impact railroads have had on America, particularly northern New England's culture and history. Travel to the hotel for check into the resort
 Dinner: This evening we board the Café Lafayette Dinner Train for an experience you will long remember. The "Granite Eagle", originally built for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad, operating from St. Louis Missouri to San Antonio Texas in the mid 1950's on the "Texas Eagle". She was then acquired by the Illinois RR and run on train #1, "The City of New Orleans". The unusual dome car was purchased in Pittsburgh Kansas in the late fall of 1995. It was brought across the United States by rail and restored in the engine house of the Hobo Railroad during the winter of 1996. Leslie, Lance and their two chefs, Doug Trulson and Scott Buckland along with a friend Tom Sabourn, made the impossible happen; taking only six months to rebuild exterior steel, design and restore the interior, install new windows, and give this magnificent car a royal blue and white paint job, then renaming her the "Granite Eagle".
   
Accommodations: Comfort Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Conway Scenic Railroad - Mount Washington Cog Railroad
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the resort
 Morning: LECTURE: This morning we will enjoy a lecture by Conway Railroad Historian, Ben English. FIELD TRIP: Today with travel with our historian to the Conway Scenic Railroad. We ride the Conway Scenic with Ben doing the narration to Crawford's Notch. Enjoy a box lunch on board. The Conway Scenic Railroad is a heritage railway in North Conway, New Hampshire. The railroad operates over two historic railway routes: a line from North Conway to Conway that was formerly part of the Conway Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad, and a line from North Conway through Crawford Notch to Fabyan, New Hampshire that was once part of the Mountain Division of the Maine Central Railroad. The Conway line is owned by Conway Scenic and the Mountain Division is owned by the State of New Hampshire. Russ Seybold is owner and president of the Conway Scenic. The railroad's main terminal is located in historic downtown North Conway in the Mount Washington valley. The station complex has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.
 Lunch: A box lunch is served on the train to Crawford Notch.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Ride to the summit of Mount Washington aboard the Cog Railroad and visit The Cog Railway Museum which offers antique photographs depicting the construction and early years. Since, 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway has been climbing to the top of New England. Powered by diesel and coal-fired steam locomotives, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is an engineering marvel. Please remember that weather can be quite extreme at the summit during all times of the year.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at the resort
   
Accommodations: Comfort Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lake Winnipesaukee Railroad - City of Boston tour
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast is served at hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel to Meredith, NH for a morning program at the Lake Winnipesaukee Railroad and meet with their historian. Following the presentation we journey along Lake Winnipesaukee. Enjoy a box lunch along the journey. Enjoy a nostalgic scenic excursion along the shores of the lake. We travel between Meredith and Lakeport always within view of the lake. The railroad line was built in 1849 before any development occured on the then remote lake. We travel through the front yards of many resort homes. Once part of the Boston & Maine Railroad that brought tourists to the lake for summer vacations from the late 1890’s to the 1950’s. Weirs Beach was a busy summer resort with many fine "Grand Style Hotels” lining the shore of the lake.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the train.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: This afternoon, as we make our way to Plymouth, MA we visit the city of Boston and enjoy a historical tour of the city before continuing to our next hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at a nearby restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Falmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cape Cod Central Railroad
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Morning program on Cape Cod History by author Jim Coogan. Please be sure to look up Jim's book, Cape Cod Voyage FIELD TRIP: Later this morning, we travel with Jim to the town of Hyannis where we will board the Cape Cod Central Railroad for a scenic narrated journey through the salt marshes and cranberry bogs of the Cape. The Cape Cod Central Railroad has three locomotives, and generally uses two on each train in a pull-pull configuration due to a lack of convenient switching locations. ALCo RS-3M #1201, nicknamed "Lulubell," was originally built in May 1951 for the New York Central Railroad as locomotive #8246. It has also served Penn Central, Amtrak, Connecticut Central, and Providence & Worcester railroads. EMD GP-7 #1501, along with its sister engine #1502, was originally built in 1952 for the Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay railroad. The 1501 recently emerged in a new paint scheme identical to sister railroad Massachusetts Coastal's paint scheme. The engine is now in service on Cape Cod Central trains. Sister 1502 has not run in several years and a return to service is not likely in the foreseeable future. Enjoy a box lunch along the way.
 Lunch: PRESENTATION: We disembark the train in at the Barnstable Station, site of the Cape Cod Central Railroad Historical Association. Here we meet with local railroad historians. Following the presentation we continue with Jim as he tells us much more of the Cape's fine history.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch is served aboard the train.
 Dinner: Dinner is included
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Falmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Return to Windsor Locks with stop at Bradley International Airport
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included at hotel
 Morning: Travel to Bradley Airport and then hotel in Windsor Locks. We will arrive at the airport between 11:30 and 12:00, then back to the hotel between 12:00 and 12:30.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


CAPE COD VOYAGE


Author: Jim Coogin/Jack Sheedy


Description: Cape Cod Voyage is a journey through Cape Cod's past- the interesting and the strange, the historic and the legendary, and some tales that are a little bit of all of the above.



SYLVESTER MARSH and the COG RAILWAY


Author: Richard S. Joslin


Description: Containing many high quality pictures, the book chronicles the life and times of Sylvester Marsh. It provides an interesting look into the life and accomplishments of this ingenious man. This book is available from the Mount Washington Cog railway.



RAILROAD HISTORY


Author: Railorad & Locomotive Histroical Society


Description: This book takes you into the lives and stories of railroads and railroaders throughout history.



WHEN THE RAILROAD LEAVES TOWN


Author: Joseph P Schwieterman


Description: This volume tells the story of transportation providers struggling to survive in a changing economy only to surrender to the relentless forces of the marketplace. In many communities, the withdrawal of the railroad had unexpected consequences; in others, it forever altered the rhythm of daily life. (Vol. 1, Eastern United States)





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