The Glory Days of the Railroad
Discover the railroad history of VT and NH as you ride the Cog Railway to the top of Mt. Washington, take Amtrak to historic Bellows Falls, and discuss life on the rails.
Rating (5)
Program No. 5145RJ
6 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Celebrate the 150-year-plus history of railroading in Vermont. White River Junction was once the largest train yard north of Boston, and freight and passenger trains still roll by every day. Lectures will document Vermont's rich railroad history and current renaissance, featuring firsthand stories by prolific authors, photographers and lifelong railroad workers. Experience Vermont and New Hampshire by rail, chug your way to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast and ride Amtrak as you explore the origins of the American Industrial Revolution.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear presentations from veteran railroaders about life on the rails, the golden age of freight and passenger rail and contemporary developments in public policy.
  • Enjoy the Vermont countryside as you ride Amtrak from White River Junction to Bellows Falls, and learn about the origins of the American Industrial Revolution.
  • Ride the spectacular Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States.
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