Guest post by Connecticut photographer, Mark Spremulli.
Trains and Fall Foliage go hand in hand. Its the smell of the coal smoke, the sounds of the diesel, the squeaking of the wheels as well as the clickety-clack over the joints, its a magical time.New England is known for its brilliant fall foliage. One of my favorite ways to view it is from the windows of a passenger train. This offers advantages for the leaf peepers then walking or driving. The first advantage is that everyone, mom, dad, and the kids and see the foliage. When on the road the driver can’t really enjoy the foliage as he/she is concentrate on driving. With the train someone else is doing the driving. Also the trains are usually heated and enclosed so the cool crisp days aren’t going to be a problem as well as rain. Also for the driver of the family car this affords them a chance to rest and most train rides are about an hour-long so they can rest, take a ride to see foliage and then continue on their way. Finally the trains will pass through areas and afford views of the foliage that can’t be seen any other way.
I have a few notes to pass along of things I have learned on my train journeys. One is during the fall, railroads such as the Conway Scenic and Hobo/Winnipesaukee Railroads get very busy and it would prudent to order tickets early, a good time is when you book your hotel. Also if you don’t pre-order tickets, I would call the railroad to make sure the trains have room. Another note is to check to see if the railroad is running Special trains, I know the Hobo does. These would require advance tickets. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the railroad, as the roads may be busy with Leaf peepers.
A quick note about photography. Fall and trains make good photo objects. The same rules apply, don’t trespass on the track, always pay attention and have fun. One note is that the steam engines exhaust will be amplified by the cool air, giving you some great photos.
Steam train info: this steam train is in CT at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat ride, more precisely, head to Haddam CT. To get there take route 154 to Ferry Road (Route 148) and you’ll be right there. The photo was taken was on 10/25/2014
A list of Railroads in New England that I can say have good color
Seashore Trolley Museum
195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, Maine
Children Ages 6 to 16 $ 7.50
Age 5 and under Free
Senior Citizens (age 60 and up) $ 8.00
Boothbay Railway Village
586 Wiscasset Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537
Children (3 – 18) $5
Under 3 FREE
Active Duty Military FREE with identification
Maine Foster Families FREE with identification
Museum Members FREE
Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railroad Museum
97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine
Seniors (age 60+): $6.00
Children, age 4 – 12: $4.00
Children, age 3 and under: Free
5 Pine St, Carver, MA 02330
call for pricing
not much to see color wise there are some trees that will turn however Edaville is mostly Evergreens.
Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Cir, North Conway, NH 03860
Contact for pricing
64 Railroad St. Lincoln, NH 03251
Contact for pricing as they do special trains during Fall
154 Main St., Meredith, NH 03253
both are Hoborr.com
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave
Essex, CT 06426