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  1. Jeff, regarding your bucket list, the only thing I would add to it would be steam trains in the Autumn Fall Foliage. Can’t beat that at all. As for locations in Massachusetts I really love the Grafton, Upton, Hopedale area of Massachusetts. Rolling hills, farms, quaint little town centers and a railroad that I have a visitor pass for.

    • We’re going to have to meet up this fall to find and photograph some of those steam trains… I would love to add some of them to my collection. I got the diesel at North Conway but their steam engines seldom go out that much any more… Are you up on Hulu Plus? They added a channel for old trains it only has 4-5 videos set back in the late 40s to mid 50s and they are interesting in how they show life revolving around train travel…

      • Jeff, I would love to.There are several New England railroads that run steam in the fall

        Maine: Waterville, Wiscasset and Farmington Railroad Museum, Alna
        Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay

        New Hampshire: Clark’s Trading Post, North Woodstock NH
        Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Mt. Washington

        Connecticut: Essex Steam Train, Essex CT

        Out all of them I just mentioned, I would say either Clar’ks or Essex would be the best bet, though Essex is certaintly easier to chase

  2. Thanks for this, Jeff, especially the mention of the Quabbin Reservoir. A few years ago a colleague at work told me about that reservoir but I’ve yet to get there. Considering the context in which you mention it, I’ll have to make more of an effort.

    • Thanks Nancy, The Quabbin area should always be on your radar for the mid October time period. Around it you’ll find Petersham and New Salem plus other picturesque small towns. I haven’t explored north of it as much as I would like but maybe if I don’t go back to work as a National Park Ranger this year, then I’ll have all the time, just none of the money.. (Damn trade offs)

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