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  • Arizona - Grand Canyon Railway
    Passengers may choose from five classes of service as they travel across 65 miles of beautiful northern Arizona countryside including pine forests, high desert plains and small canyons. Strolling musicians and western characters combine to recreate train travel as it was at the turn-of-the-century.

  • Arizona - Verde River Canyon Excursion Train
    Passengers have a unique opportunity to view Sinagua Indian ruins, a monocline fold, pass through a 680 ft. man-made tunnel, and traverse the North Verde River, home to a variety of endangered and endearing waterfowl and wildlife.

  • Arkansas-Missouri Railroad
    TAKE A Family EXCURSION on Arkansas and Missouri Railroad's special passenger train services and enjoy a journey that you will remember for a lifetime. The beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century passenger cars feature genuine inlaid mahogany interior and a knowledgable staff to provide nostalgia. Everything else is supplied by the surrounding Ozarks and the friendly faces Arkansas is famous for.

  • California - California Western Railroad
    Whatever combination of trains and schedules you choose, and whether you depart from Willits or Fort Bragg, you will cross many of the 30 bridges and trestles along the scenic redwood route (almost one bridge for each mile of track!), as well as pass through one of the lines two deep mountain tunnels!

  • California - Niles Canyon Railway
    You'll have the experience of a lifetime as the Niles Canyon Railway,an operating historic railroad museum on the last link and LAST SPIKE of the Original Trancontinental Railway,takes you back in time aboard the railways of the past; when railroads were King and still continue to this day to help us feel like kids again- at least for a little while! Enjoy the fresh air in one of the open passenger cars or relax in an enclosed car as you experience the sights and sounds of a real steam engine as it huffs and puffs its' way up the hills, around the curves and over the bridges along its' route past the poles of the Original Transcontinental Telegraph.

  • California - Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad
    Deep in the heart of the magnificent redwood forests of California's scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco and north of the beautiful Monterey Bay, is America's last steam-powered passenger railroad with year-round passenger

  • California - SAN DIEGO RAILROAD MUSEUM excursions
    Our route passes through spectacularly rugged, mountainous country where rivers have cut several sheer-walled gorges rivaling in depth any major canyon in the world. There are 86 tunnels and 38 bridges on this remarkable railway route. We will ultimately reach an altitude of 7,700 feet at Creel, our destination.

  • California - SAN DIEGO RAILROAD MUSEUM - Pacific Southwest
    This is the Museum's standard weekend excursion that has been in operation for more than ten years. Join us for a pleasant 16-mile round-trip journey into the history of railroading in the Pacific Southwest. You will depart from the historic Campo Depot for the 90-minute ride after visiting the Museum's gift shop and Boxcar Theatre A guided walking tour of the Museum's restoration area is included at the completion of the excursion. See and inspect steam and diesel locomotives, freight equipment, passenger cars, cabooses and even a Railway Post Office car

  • California - SAN DIEGO RAILROAD MUSEUM - Steam Excursion
    Join us for a Steam Excursion lead by the Museum's newly restored Southern Pacific #2353 to Miller Creek, California. Two excursions each day will depart from the historic Campo Depot for a two-hour ride into our railroading heritage

  • California - Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
    An exciting 4-mile railroad excursion at Yosemite Park's south gate on highway 41. Ride into history where powerful locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra mountains. Where mighty lumberjacks felled the timber and flumes carried lumber to the distant valley below. The Sierra National Forest's majestic woods provide the backdrop for the narrow gauge journey back in time.

  • Canada - Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
    Alberta Prairie hosts an exciting one day adventure aboard a real steam powered train. Different themes are enacted throughout the season, including murder mysteries, family, dinner theatre, seniors and teddy bear specials and a Heritage Society benefit run (Alberta, family railroad).

  • Cape Cod Central Railroad - Massachusetts
    In the spring summer and fall seasons, there are three 2-hour scenic round trips through Hyannis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, West Barnstable, Sandwich, Bourne and right alongside the banks of the Cape Cod Canal. Almost a 50 mile round trip with a very entertaining commentary (family railroad).

  • Colorado - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.
    Let us take you into the past to relive an era when steam-powered locomotives and the trains they hauled were an essential part of everyday life. Between Antonito and Chama you'll find a "living museum" where things haven't changed much since 1930. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you ride the same tracks once used by silver barons, cowboys, and the settlers of the real Old West.

  • Colorado - Georgetown Loop Railroad
    Journey back in time on the Colorado Historical Society's Georgetown Loop Railroad! Passengers at the turn of the century hailed it as the "far famed Loop", a marvel of engineering skill and the most complex railroad loop in the world.

  • Colorado - The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
    The enduring legacy of steam-powered trains in America is nowhere more evident than in southwest Colorado, home of The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Silverton journeys throughout some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery ever traversed by rail.

  • Conway Scenic Railroad - New Hampshire
    Travel with us on one of our nostalgic train rides of varying duration through the beautiful Mt. Washington Valley and the surrounding White Mountains of New Hampshire. All train rides are roundtrip and depart from the historic North Conway station (family railroad).

  • Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride - Connecticut
    Transfer at Old Saybrook, to continue on a family rail journey back in time on the Valley Railroad . A special shuttle train will take you from Old Saybrook over now rare mileage to Essex. From there, enjoy the ten mile ride to the Deep River boat dock for a mid-afternoon scenic one-hour riverboat cruise on the Connecticut River, before returning to Essex and Old Saybrook.

  • Georgia - Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
    Nestled in the mountains of Georgia in the Chattahoochee National Forest, historic Blue Ridge awaits you and your family. Known for friendly folks and old time atmosphere, it's definitely a place to visit. Blue Ridge has been called the "antique capital" of north west Georgia. Rent a cabin, climb a mountain, hike a trail and ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

  • Green Mountain Scenic Rail Journeys - Vermont
    Scenic rail excursions through Vermont's spectacular Green Mountains (family railroad).

  • Indiana - Whitewater Valley Railroad
    The Whitewater Valley Railroad operates historically significant vintage railroad equipment reminiscent of a time when railroad travel was the way to arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for adventure. The train takes passengers from Connersville, Indiana thru Laurel, Indiana, and on to Metamora, Indiana, an historic canal town with working grist mill, canal boat rides, horse and carriage rides, dozens of restaurants and eateries, and numerous crafts and goods shops (family railroad).

  • Iowa - Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
    Scenic 15 mile train ride into the beautiful Des Moines River valley, on historic route of the former FORT DODGE LINE. Three STEAM TRAIN trips a day, weekends and holidays, behind Chinese JS class 2-8-2 steam locomotive (family railroad).

  • Iowa - Fort Madison, Farmington and Western
    Also restoring to operation a 0-4-0 Baldwin steam switch engine. The latest addition to the railroad is a 35 ton Plymouth gas locomotive. Also at the site are replica railroad buildings, an engine house, a depot, a section house, an old time filling station, an old time general store and an old school from the site of the former rail stop of Viele several miles east of the site and formerly part of the railroad that has been restored (family railroad).

  • Kentucky - The Big South Fork Scenic Railway
    Greetings from beautiful Stearns, KY! Come on in and visit with us for a few minutes! The Big South Fork Scenic Railway operates over the historic trackage of the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway and is situated in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains (family railroad).

  • Laurel Highlands Railroad - Pennsylvania
    There are Special Events planned from May to December. Some of these include Train Robberies, Civil War Reenactments, Dinner Trains and Fall Foliage Trips plus Halloween Hauntings and, of course, Santa. Prices for special events may be higher (family railroad).

  • Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
    From your train, see spectacular views of 19th century forts, lighthouses and the islands of Casco Bay. Portland's working harbor features lobster boats, tugboats, fishing vessels, oil tankers, container ships, ship repair and dry dock facilities (family railroad).

  • Maryland - Walkersville Southern Railroad -
    A variety of family rail excursions.

  • Mexico - Bananafish Tour
    For 15 years we have been doing tours to Copper Canyon with vintage sleepers, dome and open air cars. Trips are ususally for 6 days and are very adventurous

  • Mexico - Train Ride in the Sky
    As we leave Chihuahua, the train ride into the Canyon is both a true Mexican adventure and scenic delight, impossible to describe as the train climbs to a height of 8671 feet. You will see droves of wild parrots and breathtaking waterfalls, you will pass through 73 tunnels and steam over sky-high trestles, and you will cross the continental divide three times on this circuitous route through this lush Mexican landscape.

  • Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
    All Aboard the Ultimate Time Machine! Experience the Golden Age of Steam as you chug across spectacular bridges, clickety-clack through lush tall forests. Whistle at majestic Mt. Rainier and let off steam by Mineral Lake. All trains are pulled by vintage steam locomotives (family railroad). In Washington.

  • Nebraska - Fremont and Elkhorn Valley Railroad
    Fremont and Elkhorn Valley Railroad excursion and dinner trains.

  • Nevada - Nevada Northern Railway
    The "Ghost Train of Old Ely" travels around downtown Ely, then passes through tunnel No. 1; one of the few curved tunnels in the world and up scenic Robinson Canyon. Or enjoy the scenic "Hiline" route through the Steptoe Valley, powered by a vintage Alco RS-3 diesel engine. Call or write for a timetable for steam and diesel train rides.

  • Nevada Northern Railway Museum
    Historical Operating Railroad Museum. Operating both steam and diesel excursions May through September. Shop and enginehouse tours!

  • Nevada - The Virginia & Truckee Railroad
    Along the way he points out the exposed silver ore along the track, and occasionally passengers see some of the wild mustangs that roam free in the surrounding Flowery Mountain range. The train's route takes it through Tunnel Number Four, which is one of the six tunnels constructed to allow the trains to descend nearly 1600 feet from Virginia City to the valley floor (family railroad).

  • New Hope & Ivyland Railroad - Pennsylvania
    The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad offers one and all the opportunity to ride in style through the beautiful countryside of New Hope and Lahaska. A vintage steam locomotive pulls its restored turn-of-the-century cars over the nine-mile round-trip journey in about an hour. When the train is operating on its full schedule, visitors can enjoy themselves for hours at each site, returning on a later train.

  • New Mexico - Sante Fe Southern Railway
    You've heard of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Now you can ride the 120-year-old spur from Santa Fe to Lamy through the scenic New Mexico countryside. Enjoy one of our daily trips, dinner rides or special events

  • North Carolina - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
    Passengers ride comfortable, reconditioned coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars, cabooses, and open cars which are ideal for viewing and picture taking. Scenic excursions take you through a beautiful section of western North Carolina with views of the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains, winding rivers, and lakes (family railroad).

  • Northern Central Railway - Pennsylvania
    The original Northern Central Railway was chartered in 1828, and after the B&O was the second oldest railway in North America. On your three-and-a-half your journey, take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Piedmont Country of South Central Pennsylvania. Savor dinner while hills and forests, picturesque farms, and historic small towns pass your window. See historic Hanover Junction Station where Abraham Lincoln changed trains on the way to give the Gettysburg Address, as well as the Howard Tunnel--the oldest railroad tunnel in service in the world (family railroad).

  • Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
    The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Northeastern Ohio runs through the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. Each trip is a different adventure filled with fun, excitement, natural beauty and historic sights (family railroad).

  • Ohio - Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
    Welcome aboard an old time passenger train for a leisurely ride through the beautiful hills of southeastern Ohio. Enjoy the blooming dogwood trees in the spring, summertime fun, nature's spectacular fall foliage or a special winter ride with Santa (family railroad).

  • Ohio River Railroad
    All excursions are round trips unless otherwise stated and motive power is described below for each ride. Child prices are for children 3-12. There is no charge for children under 3, but they should sit on an adult's lap and not occupy their own seat.

  • Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad - Pennsylvania
    when you ride the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad. Our two and a half hour trip will take you to where oil history began. Our tour guides describe the people and places that make up Pennsylvania Oil Country. Your family can share the fun of train travel and relive history.

  • Oregon - Mount Hood Railroad
    Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams supply the dramatic backdrop. In the springtime, fruit blossoms bathe the valley in soft colors. These days the railroad, officially designated a National Historic Site, rolls through some of Oregon's most beautiful scenery. At each turn of the track, another gorgeous view stretches before you.

  • Railroad Museum of New England - Connecticut
    A 1 hour, 17 mile roundtrip from the Waterville Section of Waterbury to the face of Thomaston Dam while running along the Naugatuck River. Small equipment exhibit on site (family railroad).

  • Ride Santa's Steam Train - (Essex, Connecticut)
    Treat the kiddies to a real steam train ride on the North Pole Express. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Christmas elves will be there to make it an unforgetable event.

  • Scenic Train Rides On The Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad - Pennsylvania
    Board 1920 vintage passenger coaches at the Race Street Station in Middletown for a scenic 11-mile, one and one-quarter hour round trip along the Swatara Creek and historic Union Canal to Indian Echo Caverns. (family railroad)

  • South Dakota - Black Hills Central Railroad
    Imagine yourself immersed in the staggering beauty of the Black Hills of Western South Dakota! Imagine you're gliding over the rugged landscape aboard a vintage steam train, like those that helped settle the Great American West!

  • Tennessee - Tennessee Central Railway Museum
    Watch Tennessee roll past your wide sightseeing window at scenic level aboard one of TCRM's special excursion trains. Our streamlined coaches feature air-conditioning, large sightseeing windows, and roomy, comfortable reclining seats. All seats are reserved at no extra charge (family railroad).

  • Tennessee - Tennessee Valley Railroad
    The Tennessee Valley Railroad operates day-long rail excursions from Chattanooga to destinations in northwestern Georgia via the Chattooga & Chickamauga Railway. Most tickets include a dining car luncheon onboard the train (family railroad).

  • Texas - Austin & Texas Central Railroad
    The Hill Country Flyer is one of several steam powered excursion trains based in the city of Cedar Park, just north of Austin, Texas on US Hwy 183. n addition to the Hill Country Flyer on Saturday there is an occasional Saturday evening train called the Twilight Flyer and a downtown Austin train on Sunday called the River City Flyer (family railroad).

  • Texas - TARANTULA TRAIN
    While visitors take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of "Cowtown, U.S.A.", Tarantula's locomotive pulls onto the 1925 turntable to head south for a 10-mile trek alongside the famous Chisholm Trail. Tarantula travels across the western edge of downtown Fort Worth to the southwestern area of the city, crossing both the West and Clear Forks of the Trinity River on large trestles that offer spectacular views of the Fort Worth skyline not seen from city streets.

  • Texas - Texas State Railroad
    Since 1896, trains have rolled along the Texas State Railroad (TSRR), passing through the beautiful pineywoods and rolling hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas. Today, the historic state railroad is still maintained as a fully self-contained railroad system. Its train crews maintain and operate 4 steam engines, 4 antique diesel locomotives, and a complete steam engine restoration shop; while its track crew maintains over 25 miles of track and 24 bridges.

  • The Batten Kill Rambler - New York
    Take this spectacular "linear museum" trip along New York's most famous trout stream. Riding between Cambridge and Salem, you'll see views of the Batten Kill that cannot be seen from the road! Add scenic country roads, beautiful hills and valleys, and walking tours of historic village Main Streets to the railroad experience, and you will have a full day's activity for the whole family.

  • THE MUSICAL MAGICAL TRAIN - Newport, Rhode Island
    A moving family weekend begins with a Saturday morning train ride along the Bay...sing-along songs and the mesmerizing magic of Katrina the Magician. Great fun for birthdays and special occasions...several other rail excursions in and about Newport.

  • The Rocky Mountain Rail Society - Alberta, Canada
    APRE offers a full range of day trips using steam locomotives, except where a diesel engine is scheduled. All excursions originate in Stettler and return to Stettler and most include a full course buffet lunch at destination (family railroad).

  • The Strasburg Rail Road - Pennsylvania
    Discover the simple pleasures of turn-of-the-century travel aboard one of America's oldest steam trains. You'll journey through spectacular farmland while seated in comfort on one of our majestically-restored wooden coaches, pulled by a huge, coal-burning locomotive. Scenes of Amish families, working fertile farms with age-old methods, pass by your window (family railroad).

  • the Wilmington and Western Railroad - Delaware
    Climb aboard the Wilmington and Western Railroad, Delaware's oldest steam tourist railroad, for fun and exciting adventures through the historic Red Clay Valley. Journey with Wilmington & Western for family fun, romantic evenings, holiday celebrations and 120 years of living railroading history.

  • Tioga Central Railroad - Pennsylvania
    Tioga Central Railroad operates excursion trains, dinner trains, theater trains and charter trains on a 34-mile railroad extending north from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to a location about three miles south of Corning, New York. The line over which we operate was at one time part of the Fall Brook Railway and later part of the Pennsylvania Division of the New York Central System (family railroad).

  • Travel to Williamsburg aboard the DOVER HARBOR
    Travel to Williamsburg, the Colonial Capitol of Virginia aboard the elegantly restored DOVER HARBOR . After a morning departure, enjoy a continental breakfast as Amtrak's Twilight Shoreliner takes us southward over the trestles spanning tributaries of the Potomac River and through the historic cities of Fredericksburg and Richmond. Spend the afternoon in Colonial Williamsburg (family train excursion).

  • Upper Hudson River Railroad - New York
    Enjoy the breathtaking Adirondack scenery as this scenic train winds along the Hudson River to the picturesque train station at Riverside.The Upper Hudson River Railroad operates seasonal 2-hour round trip excursions along an 8.5-mile section of the former Adirondack Branch of the D&H Railroad (family railroad).

  • Utah - Heber Valley Railroad
    The Heber Valley Railroad is Utah's magnificent steam passenger railroad. It's an historic tourist attraction based in Heber City, Utah. Trains cross the farmlands of the Heber Valley, follow the shore of Deer Creek Lake and descends into a majestic and breathtaking canyon. The track follows the Provo River to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon.

  • Washington - American Orient Express
    The Express travels on custom itineraries through some of the most stunning landscapes in North America. Each trip is accompanied by expert lecturers to enhance your understanding of all you encounter along the way.

  • Washington - Chehalis-Centralia Railroad
    Offers steam train excursions through the beautiful Chehalis River Valley to Centralia and Ruth.

  • Washington - Lewis and Clark Railway
    A 2.5-hour rail excursion along the Lewis River to Moulton Falls.Christmas excursions are available and reservations are suggested.

  • Washington - Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
    The railroad features a steam-powered excursion train that travels 14 miles through tall timber and over high bridges to Mineral Lake.Trains feature restored coaches, open cars and live music.A dinner train is also available, featuring several courses and live entertainment

  • Washington - Spirit of Washington train
    This rail excursion will show you the beauty of Puget Sound country from the wide windows of your Spirit of Washington train. As you glide along the shores, you will see Mount Rainier to the south and the spectacular Seattle skyline to the west. During your trip, you'll be served a gourmet dinner.Then you disembark for a stroll n the beauitful grounds of the Columbia Winery, one of Washington's finest.

  • West Coast Rail Tours - British Columbia, Canada
    Join hundreds of others who enjoy the romance and prestige of train travel as the WCRA treats you to interesting rail adventures of scenic and historic locations. These are a must for railway enthusiasts, photography buffs, geography devotees, and those who just want to explore more of B.C. It is a great opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests while breathing in the splendor and beauty of British Columbia (family railroad).

  • Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
    Travel along the Potomac River before ascending the "Seventeen Mile Grade" on Backbone Mountain and visit the "Summit of the Alleghenies"at Altamont(elevation 2,628 ft.). During the stopover in Oakland, you'll have time to sample a variety of lunch choices from area restaurants. Visit Oakland's historic B&O Railroad Station, built in 1884 in the Victorian Queen Anne style by E.Francis Baldwin. This 110 mile round-trip presents the Allegheny Mountains in their true autumn glory, resplendent with brilliant fall color.(family railroad).

  • Wisconsin - Laona and Northern Lumberjack Special
    Vulcan 2-62 steam train and antique passenger cars excursion ride to Logging Museum and Blacksmith shop. Rat River wilderness water tour, guided Green Treasure Forest tour, petting farm animal zoo and Nature Center.

  • Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co
    Several family rail excursions in the state of Wisconsin.


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