5 New England train journeys

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It wasn’t all that long ago when the train was considered the most sophisticated and luxurious mode of travel.

Whilst in many ways overtaken by flying, modern rail travel still retains a unique ability to evoke a sense of adventure, with the added bonus of a more relaxed experience and beautiful scenery thrown in for good measure.

Check out these memorable, stress-busting train journeys in New England.

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Mount Washington Cog Railway - 5 New England train journeys
Mt. Washington Cog Railway. Photo by www.thecog.com

For photographers – Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Running for more than 140 years, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway has the honour of being the steepest railroad track in North America. The line takes passengers all the way to the mountain’s 6,288-foot summit.

From there, the panoramic views span the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.

Green Mountain Railroad, Vermont, USA
Green Mountain Railroad, Vermont. Photo: facebook.com/greenmountainrailroad

For wine lovers – Wine Wednesdays

Wine tasting, Vermont style. Sip on five Vermont wines paired with award-winning Cabot Cheddar Cheese and Westminster Crackers (both also from Vermont).

Peppermint Candy – from, you’ve guessed it, Vermont – is on offer as a palette cleanser. For passengers aged 21 and older.

Day Out With Thomas™ at Conway Scenic Railroad, New Hampshire, USA
Day Out With Thomas™ at Conway Scenic Railroad, New Hampshire. Photo: Conway Scenic Railroad
Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, New Hampshire, USA
Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, New Hampshire. Photo: facebook.com/Hobo-Winnipesaukee-Scenic-Railroads

For autumn-colour appreciators – Conway Scenic Railroad and Winnipesaukee Railroad

New Hampshire’s White Mountains serve up one of the most spectacular displays of autumn foliage in the world.

Capture some of New Hampshire’s most colourful scenery as you chug lazily though Crawford Notch on the Conway Scenic Railroad or past the picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee on the Winnipesaukee Railroad.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex, Connecticut, USA
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex, Connecticut. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/steamtrain97

For those who appreciate the romance of steam – Essex River Steam Train & Riverboat

This is the only steam train and riverboat connection in the United States. Climb aboard a vintage coach in Essex, Connecticut, for a 12-mile trip through the picturesque Connecticut River Valley.

Then, transfer to the Becky Thatcher steamboat and cruise along the river itself, taking in both historic sites including Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House and an array of wildlife along the way.

Amtrak - 5 New England train journeys
Amtrak. Photo by LL Bean

A shore thing – Amtrak’s New England seashore lines

Amtrak, the U.S.’ government-run rail system, runs some great routes along parts of New England’s quintessentially quaint shorelines.

The Amtrak Downeaster runs five times a day from Boston to several points due north including the coast of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Portland and Maine.

In the other direction, Amtrak has routes through to the attractive colonial city of Providence in Rhode Island.

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5 New England train journeys was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by Brett Ackroyd
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