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10 Things You Didn't Know About Fall Trains and Voyages

30 April 2020

Fall foliage railways offer many things: comfortable accommodations, amazing transportation to iconic destinations, and, of course, breathtaking views of the blend of autumn hues that line the horizon. In addition to the incredible things these trains offer during your trip, many of them have a deep-rooted history that are decades, even centuries, old. Here are 10 things you may not know about your favorite fall foliage trains and voyages: 

1. The Green Mountain Flyer Scenic Railroad is composed of two fleets and more than 15 rail cars that were originally built between 1931 and 1935. They have since been restored and modernized but still hold that historic charm.

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Montpelier, Vermont, USA town skyline in autumn

2. The Mt. Washington Cog Railway is the only operating cog railway in America, and on a clear, perfect, day you can see 5 states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Mt Washinton Cog Railway

3. The Newport & Narragansett Railroad Dinner Train offers exquisite chef-prepared cuisine and a vintage Pullman-style experience

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Castle Hill Lighthouse

4. The Mt. Washington Cog Railway first opened in 1869 and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the century, later hosting a notable passenger: President Ulysses S. Grant.

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Cog railway Foliage Panorama

5. The Café Lafayette Dinner Train was named on the Wall Street Journal's list of "Dinner Trains Around the World".

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Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train

6. The dining car aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad is called the Gertrude Emma and was originally built by the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1898. It was initially a sleeper-parlor-observation car for service on the "Pennsylvania Limited" train running from New York to Chicago.

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Bartlett Valley Train

7. The foundation of the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad dates all the way back to 1846.

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Fall foliage on Lake Winnipesaukee

8. When you ride aboard the Cass Scenic Railway, you're riding in restored logging cars on a journey to Bald Knob, one of the highest points in West Virginia.

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Cass Scenic Railroad

9. The Tennessee Valley Railroad's station and locomotives have been featured in 19 movies and 9 music videos.

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Smoky Mountains

10. When you take a ride on the Incline Railway, you're riding on the steepest passenger railway in the world.

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The Incline on Lookout

Next time you hop aboard your favorite fall foliage railway, enjoy the little bit of history among the scenic views and amazing onboard experiences.