Steam Train Tours
Steam locomotives once powered America's trains. Today, most
steam engine trains have been converted to diesel or electric
power. Still, there remain some scenic train rides that offer this
nostalgic mode of travel, such as New England's Essex Steam Train,
which follows a course through the pastoral Connecticut River
Valley-an exceptionally breathtaking sight during fall foliage
Steam train excursions recall a bygone era of travel.
Itineraries featuring these heritage railways offer the ideal
balance between modern touring and historical journeys.
California's Redwood Forest Steam Train employs one of the oldest
preserved narrow-gauge steam engines. This scenic train ride shares
the history of the Roaring Camp Railroad on its journey through the
state's towering redwood groves. Colorado is home to two famous
steam train rides: The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
Railroad, connecting the historic mining towns of Durango and
Silverton across the Animas River Canyon and the Cumbres &
Toltec Scenic Railroad, the longest narrow-gauge steam railroad in
the United States. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates a
steam train excursion along the Tuckasegee River through the
western corner of rural North Carolina. In contrast, the Tennessee
Valley Railroad's Summerville Steam Special offers a look at the
mountains in Southern Tennessee and Northern Georgia.
These steam train trips in the USA showcase some of the
country's best-kept secrets: special trains, charming small towns,
and fantastic scenery.