Train Rides

Did you know that New Hampshire made railroad history time after time in the 1800s? Naysayers told Sylvester Marsh that he "might as well build a railway to the moon," but in 1869, the world's first mountain-climbing train scaled 6,288-foot Mount Washington. Rides aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway, a National Historic Engineering Landmark, still wow all ages. The Frankenstein Trestle through Crawford Notch was also deemed to be an impossibility, but on Conway Scenic Railroad's Notch Train excursions, you'll learn that trains first crossed this narrow mountain ravine in 1875.

Leaf peepers love New Hampshire's scenic train trips. Kids are enchanted as Journey to the North Pole and Santa Express trains bring holiday magic to life. And railroad buffs appreciate the rare chance to embark on an authentic, hours-long rail journey or to see a steam locomotive in action. Contact these New Hampshire tourist-train operators for pricing, details, and reservations.

Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, North Woodstock
New Hampshire's fine-dining restaurant with an ever-changing view is one of only about a dozen upscale dinner trains in the nation. You'll be seated in one of three historic dining cars for a memorable five-course meal. Departures are available spring through fall.

Conway Scenic Railroad, North Conway
Experience rail travel's Golden Age aboard Conway Scenic Railroad's old-fashioned train rides, which depart from a restored Victorian train station in the heart of North Conway Village. From one-hour sightseeing trips aboard the Valley Train to five-hour Notch Train adventures, you'll see New Hampshire scenes that have made rail passengers gasp for a century and a half. Make reservations early for Polar Express and Santa's Holiday Express trains, which delight children on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Hobo Railroad, Lincoln
Purchase a Hobo Picnic Lunch and stow away aboard this train that follows the twisting Pemigewasset River on 1-hour 20-minute round trips between Hobo Junction in Lincoln and Woodstock. Fall foliage and Santa Express trains are popular seasonal offerings.

Mount Washington Cog Railway, Bretton Woods
Reach New England's highest peak on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway. From late April through October your three-hour outing includes an hour at the summit of Mount Washington. Trips halfway to the summit are available weekends in November. Book an early-morning departure if you want the authentic experience of riding a coal-fired steam engine train; most trips are biodiesel-powered now.

White Mountain Central Railroad, Lincoln
At Clark's Trading Post, a wood-burning, steam-powered Climax locomotive, one of only three in the world still in operation, powers 25-minute train rides across the Pemigewasset River through the only standing example of a Howe–Truss railroad covered bridge.

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, Meredith or Weirs Beach
Enjoy a scenic and nostalgic train ride along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee on tracks that brought vacationers to New Hampshire's Lakes Region beginning in 1890. A “Rail & Sail” option also gets you out on the water aboard the M/S Mount Washington.