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New England Railroads: History and Heritage

Program Number: 12310RJ
Start and End Dates:
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: $1,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Train Treks; On the Road Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 4 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
  Falmouth 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:  Falmouth
  Nearest city or town:  Falmouth
  Nearest highway: Route 6A
  Nearest airport:  Boston Logan
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: Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, September 28)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3 p.m. Program Registration: 3:00-5:00p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the main lobby to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive later than 5 p.m., please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel includes choice of entrée, salad, and dessert.
 Evening: Following dinner we will have our orientation, during which the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will also review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Shoreline Trolley Museum / Connecticut Trolley Museum
(Monday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel, a buffet that includes entrées, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee.
 Morning: We start with a field trip to the Shoreline Trolley Museum and the Branford Electric Railway in East Haven, Connecticut. There a docent will guide us through the museum’s collection of preserved and restored trolley cars and related artifacts. Afterwards we’ll take a ride along the scenic Branford Electric Railway in trolleys that have been returned to service.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant from a select menu.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will have a private presentation at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor. This museum contains a variety of trolley cars as well as exhibits on the societal impact of the “Trolley Era.” We will then take a ride on one of the trolley cars that has been returned to service.
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholar participants, or rest up for the next day.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Green Mountain Railroad / Flying Yankee Restoration Project / Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
(Tuesday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Check-out of hotel and board our motor coach for our trip up the Connecticut River Valley to the Green Mountain Railroad Station in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Here we will meet with a local historian who will lead us on a private exploration of some of the stock cars in the yard. Afterwards we will continue north via coach to White River Junction.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the historic Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, Vermont, where we will also have a private historical presentation by the hotel’s owner. The hotel building previously resided in Enfield, NH, and was moved to White River Junction in 1849 in response to the need for lodging nearby the newly opened railroad. It was renamed in 1924 after Colonel John Calvin Coolidge, a frequent guest, close friend of the owner, and President Coolidge’s father.
 Afternoon: Travel to Lincoln, New Hampshire via motor coach to visit with The Flying Yankee Restoration Group and see a presentation on the history of the train and their ongoing restoration project. The Flying Yankee is a magnificent Depression-era diesel-electric streamliner built to service the Boston-Maine rail lines, and is one of only three of its kind. The Restoration Group has already completed structural restoration as well as some interior and exterior cosmetic work. After the presentation we will head to the hotel to check in.
 Dinner: Dinner is served aboard the Café Lafayette Dinner Train, where we will have an exceptional dining experience. Dine on a four-course gourmet meal while watching the ever changing scenery of the Pemigewasset River and surrounding area. The view continues on into the night as halogen lights illuminate our course.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Conway Scenic Railroad / Mount Washington Cog Railway
(Wednesday, October 1)

Note: Today we will visit the summit of Mount Washington, which has an elevation of about 6,300 ft. The summit has quite extreme and rapidly changing weather conditions throughout the year, so please plan and dress accordingly.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel, a deluxe Continental breakfast buffet that includes eggs, waffles, fruit, yogurt, pastries, cereal, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Travel over the Kancamagus highway to North Conway, where we will board the Conway Scenic Railroad to take a ride through Crawford Notch. Historian Ben English joins us on our trip and presents a lecture and private narrative of our journey.
 Lunch: A box lunch is served on the train to Crawford Notch which includes a choice of sandwich, pasta salad, a cookie and a drink.
 Afternoon: Travel via coach to the base of Mount Washington, the tallest mountain in New England, where we will take an exciting ride aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway up to the summit. We will visit the Marshfield Base Station as well as the weather observatory.
 Dinner: At the Common Man restaurant, where we will order from a select menu.
 Evening: Lecture on the history of railroads in New England by a local railroad historian.
   
Accommodations: Comfort Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lake Winnipesaukee Railroad / Transfer to Falmouth, MA
(Thursday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Following check-out, we travel to Meredith, NH for a morning program at the Lake Winnipesaukee Railroad and to meet with their historian. Following the presentation we will take a scenic ride along the beautiful shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. This unique railroad line was built in 1849 before there was any development on the lake, so we will be travelling through the front yards of many resort homes during our journey.
 Lunch: A box lunch is served on the train during our lakeside journey
 Afternoon: Travel via coach to Falmouth, Massachusetts. We will stop about halfway through our journey in downtown Boston at Faneuil Hall and Quincy market. Explore what this famous historic square has to offer during this travel break, then head back on the coach to complete the rest of our journey.
 Dinner: At the hotel, and includes salad, choice of entrée, and dessert.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Falmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cape Cod Central Railroad / Presentation by Jim Coogan / Farewell Dinner
(Friday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel, and includes entrees, juice, coffee, cereal, and fruit.
 Morning: We start the day with a lecture by engaging local author Jim Coogan, then travel via coach to Hyannis to take a ride on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Jim will ride along with us and bring the commonplace view to life with his captivating historical narrative.
 Lunch: A plated lunch is served on the train.
 Afternoon: We disembark the train at the West Barnstable Railroad Station, the site of the Cape Cod Central Railroad Historical Association. Here we will meet with local railroad historians, then continue with Jim as he further expands on the history of the Cape. We conclude our day with some free time in Hyannis where you have an opportunity to visit various local sites, including the Kennedy Museum, the Saint Francis Xavier Church and the Cape Cod Baseball Museum.
 Dinner: A delicious farewell dinner at the hotel. Enjoy salad, choice of entrée, and dessert as you reminisce about the week with your new Road Scholar friends.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Falmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Bradley International Airport and Windsor Locks / Optional Ride on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
(Saturday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Travel provided to Bradley International Airport as well as our original hotel in Windsor Locks. We will arrive at the airport between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and to the hotel between 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. Optional Ride: Enjoy a morning on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat on a ride along the Connecticut River. The narrated journey travels through picturesque towns and landscapes and includes a ride on a steam-powered train as well as the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Afterwards we will provide travel to the Bradley International Airport and the hotel in Windsor Locks, with an arrival time of about 3:00 p.m. Please notify us if you plan on attending this activity. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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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