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2022 New England Fall Colors by Rail

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Special Interest Tours
Sep 29 - Oct 6, 2022
Group size: 20 - 40
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About this trip
Spend the colorful fall season exploring the best of New England's scenic, narrow gauge & cog railways and museums - with Trains magazine!
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What’s included
    • 7 Nights Hotel
      2 Nights Portland Hilton Downtown Waterfront, 1 Night Lake Opechee Inn and Spa, 2 Nights Indian Head Lincoln, 1 Night Camden Harbour Inn, 1 Night Hyatt Portland Downtown
    • 2 Meals Daily
      Breakfast and either lunch of dinner on full tour days
    • Boat Cruise Dinner
      On the Opening NIght
    • 1 Breakfast
      On the morning of departure
    • Maine Narrow Gauge
      Charter with photo runby
    • Seashore Trolley Museum
      Tour and Trolley Ride
    • Hobo & Winnipesaukee RR
      Fall Foliage Special & Turkey Dinner Train
    • Mt Washington Cog
      Shop Tour & Steam Train Ride
    • WWF Railroad
      Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway shop tour and rail charter with photo runby
    • Belfast & Moosehead
      Train Ride
    • Boothbay Rail Village
      With a Shop Tour
    • Cafe Laffayette
      A DInner Train on the Hobo Railroad, named a top 4 dinner train in the world by Wall Street Journal
    • Lobster Bake Dinner
      At Boothbay Rail Village
    • Pre-Tour Transportation
 
    • Additional Alcohol
 
  • Personal Items
    Purchases of a personal nature
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Portland-Welcome Dinner on the Water

Arrive in Portland and get settled at the hotel. We will provide shuttles on this day from the Portland airport and railway station to the hotel.

In the evening we will enjoy our welcome dinner on a boat ride through the harbor.

Day 2 Seashore Trolley Museum and Maine Narrow Gauge

First we’ll make our way to the world’s oldest and largest museum of mass transit vehicles, the Seashore Trolley Museum. While the main focus of the collection is trolley cars, it also includes rapid transit trains, Interurban cars, trolley buses, and motor buses.

Next we’ll head to the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum in Portland, for a charter, photo runby, and special access to the region’s signature two-foot gauge railroad equipment. A free evening means you can explore this charming city on your own terms tonight.

Day 3 Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad

We spend the day with the Winnipesaukee Scenic, first for their Fall Foliage Special featuring a hot buffet luncheon at the Common Man Inn, and a tour of the restored 1869 Ashland Railroad station.

Upon our return, spend time exploring the rail yard or relaxing in our private rail cars before gathering some new mileage with an excursion along the western shores of

Lake Winnipesaukee.

In the early evening we’ll enjoy the famous Turkey Dinner Train which journeys around the lake. We then journey northward to Lincoln for a two-night stay at the Indian Head Resort.

Day 4 Mt. Washington Cog Railway

We start the day on the world’s first cog railway. We’ll travel by bus to the base of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in NH, at 6,288 feet. Upon arrival we’ll be treated to tour of the shop. After, we will board the cog for the ride up behind steam.

Following our descent, we return to Lincoln for a special evening aboard the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train. Enjoy a 4-course, seasonally-inspired, gourmet meal as we take in the views from 1950’s restored vintage rail cars.

Day 5 Ride the Conway Scenic

Today’s agenda includes all things Conway Scenic. Author Brian Solomon and the team at Conway are preparing a full day of activities, including a ride through the spectacular Crawford Notch.

Day 6 Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway

We begin our day with a trip to the famous Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway, a re-creation of a rural 2-foot gauge line that operated from 1894 to 1933 and revived starting in 1989. Special photo-ops and a shop tour round out our chartered visit.

Next, we’ll travel back in time at Boothbay Railway Village where over 30 acres are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Maine railroad history. Explore the village, catch a ride on a two-footer and chat with the mechanics on a shop tour, , enjoy the model railroad village.

Day 7 Belfast & Moosehead Railroad

We’ll begin the day with an optional morning ferry ride through Camden Harbor to the Curtis Island Lighthouse.

Next we will head to the Belfast & Moosehead Railway for our final train ride of the tour.

In the afternoon we will make our way back to Portland where we will have our final hotel stay and farewell dinner.

Day 8 Depart Portland

Breakfast will be served at the hotels and shuttles will be provided to the Portland Airport and the Portland Transportation Center railway station.

Tour Location

Portland, Maine

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Overall
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Value for Money

Double Occupancy 30 left
$6,732 Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy 10 left
$8,150 Deposit: $500
Portland Downtown Hilton on 9/28
$436
Hyatt Portland Downtown
$360