3 Crossing at RiverplaceNorth Woodstock, NH, 03262Phone: 603-745-3500
Escape from ordinary excursions when you travel aboard this elegant dinner train
Escape from ordinary excursions and reserve a seat on board the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, one of the nation’s premier dinner trains. In your 1950s restored vintage rail car, perhaps the one with the dome, you’ll relax in elegant surroundings, including ornate woodworking, stained glass and brass. You’ll be served an equally elegant five-course meal, from a seasonally inspired menu, and enjoy special cocktail selections from a full bar. The train travels 20 miles through the lovely Pemigewasset River Valley. You’ll rumble through woods, over three trestle bridges, the Jack-O-Lantern Golf Course and a Christmas tree farm before returning to the train station in North Woodstock. The dinner train runs May through October and is available for private dining and special events.
Excursion trains on scenic railroad provide passengers with the feeling of relaxed railroad travel
Passengers on board the Conway Scenic Railroad’s excursion trains will feel what it was like to travel from town to town by rail. Board a vintage passenger car at the 1874 station in North Conway Village, NH and take a two-hour ride to Sawyer River, crossing over bridges with spectacular views. Or, in a train especially popular with small kids because of its 55-minute journey, travel to Conway, NH and back, admiring the Mt. Washington Valley scenery as you glide along the tracks, pulled by a diesel engine. In winter, the Snow Train takes passengers to Attitash, NH where, if you wish, you can get off to ski or enjoy the resort across the street. Trains have snack bars; the river train also offers pre-ordered lunches.
Off Route 302Bretton Woods, NH, 03589Phone: 603-278-5404Toll-Free: 800-922-8825
Take a train trip 4,000 feet up Mt. Washington on this historic cog railway
Powerful biodiesel locomotives ensure that the Mount Washington Cog Railway is open for business all winter long. Shorter excursions, from the Marshfield Base Station to the newly redesigned and expanded Waumbek Station, are held seven days a week, all winter long at reduced fares. Park free at the base station and stroll through the Cog Railway Museum, where you’ll learn about this historic railway, the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world and the second steepest with an average grade of 25 percent. Board the train for a one-hour round trip to Waumbek (elevation, 4,000 feet), where you’ll enjoy panoramic mountain vistas from the station’s alpine meadow setting, along with warming huts, complimentary hot refreshments and a blazing fire pit.