Connecticut/New Hampshire/Massachusetts
New England Railroads: History and Heritage
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
7 days
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At a Glance

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. Travelling by motor coach, stop to explore railroad museums, enjoy nostalgic train rides, meet with railroad historians and the people who operate these historic trains. Take a spectacular ride to the summit of Mount Washington aboard the Cog Railway and visit the Mount Washington Observatory and Cog Railway Museum.
Activity Level
Some walking over varied terrain. Elevations of 6,300 feet.

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 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.

General Notes

Ride via motor coach to each destination in New England. We try to allow time to explore each town we visit. However, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.
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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.
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