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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.
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Program No. 12310RJ
Length
6 days
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1,899
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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,899
Program No. 12310 RJ
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Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
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Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
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Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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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 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.
Featured Expert
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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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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.
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Paul Giblin View biography
Responsible for the development, management and implementation of public relations, marketing and brand management initiatives for two of the most popular tourist railroad operations in the northeastern United States - the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith, NH. Additional responsibilities include strategic planning efforts as well as the development and facilitation of business development opportunities into emerging growth areas throughout New England and the northeastern United States.
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Carl Lindblade View biography
Carl Lindblade served as the interim director of travel and tourism for the State of New Hampshire and now teaches hospitality at the University of New Hampshire while offering a series of lectures on railroads, the international monetary fund and the story of the great ocean liners in WWII. He has managed 3 and 4 diamond hotels in New Hampshire, Maine and New Jersey — awards include Innkeeper of the Year and Tourism Person of the Year.
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Corinne Lunnin View biography
Corinne Lunnin is an ITMI Certified Tour Director and native New Englander. She has led tours on both U.S. coasts, eastern Canada, and more, especially through the beautiful northeast region she calls home. Her over-the-road career began in 2010 as assistant tour manager for Sesame Street Live, which led to more opportunities including touring with a circus and working with FC Bayern Munich and Manchester United as tour liaison during the International Champions Cup USA tour. Corinne has worked with Road Scholar since 2014.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
SYLVESTER MARSH and the COG RAILWAY
by Richard S. Joslin
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
by Railorad & Locomotive Histroical Society
This book takes you into the lives and stories of railroads and railroaders throughout history.
WHEN THE RAILROAD LEAVES TOWN
by Joseph P Schwieterman
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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