Connecticut/New Hampshire/Massachusetts
An Epic Railroad Journey: New England History Comes to Life
From the Essex Steam Train in Connecticut to the Cog Railway up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, discover the history and charm of New England’s railroads.
Rating (5)
Program No. 12310RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The historic tracks of New England’s railroads chug to exhilarating life on an educational adventure through the Connecticut River Valley and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. Travelling by motor coach, experience a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the railroad industry through historically narrated train rides, private museum lectures and as you meet the passionate people who operate and restore these beautiful locomotives. Experience New England with a fresh perspective — seacoast to bucolic valleys to a mountain summit — as you are immersed in an essential piece of American transportation history.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking over varied terrain and standing on field trips. Boarding and disembarking motorcoaches and trains several times a day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear about New Hampshire’s railroads from a railroad historian and journalist, and then join him aboard the Conway Notch Train.
  • Board the Mount Washington Cog for a journey to the highest peak in New England.
  • Ride the beautiful Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train on a scenic journey along the Pemigewasset River.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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