Fall Foliage Train Rides And Excursions, 2016 Schedule

One of the best ways to see the vibrant colors of autumn is by train, which has fast become a very popular attraction in recent years.  Today, several tourist railroads host special fall foliage train rides and most are sold out.  Many of these tend to be in the eastern United States where mountains and hills carpeted with deciduous forests provide for maximum vistas of fall colors.  Because of this operations like the Cass Scenic Railroad, Saratoga & North Creek, Tweetise Railroad, Catskill Mountain Railroad and many others located directly in these mountainous regions regularly sell out during September and October.  In any event, even if a railroad may not offer a dedicated fall foliage tour many host excursions through October and (depending upon their location) can still provide great views of the changing colors.  

If you are very interested in going by train, when planning your trip please take note of the peak season for that particular area.  For instance, locations higher in the mountains such as at Cass, West Virginia (home of the Cass Scenic Railroad) tend to peak much earlier (mid-September) than other areas nearby that sit at a lower elevation (mid-October).  Below is a list of most tourist railroads (or museums) that host either dedicated fall foliage trains or operate in a region where colors are the most brilliant.  If your railroad is not included within this list please let us know and it will be added.  Finally, unless otherwise noted more information about each excursion can be found by visiting the museum's/railroad's website.

Additional Tourist Train Information, Trips By State

Alabama, Riding The Rails Through The Heart Of Dixie

Alaska, Experience The Breathtaking Scenery Of The Last Frontier

Arizona, Reach The Grand Canyon By Train

Arkansas, Ride The Arkansas & Missouri And Other Excursions

California, Home To A Wide Range Of Steam And Diesel-Powered Excursions

Colorado, Go Back In Time On The Fabled Narrow-Gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic And Durango & Silverton

Connecticut, Home Of The Essex Steam Train

Florida, Home To Dinner Trains And Steam-Powered Trips

Georgia, Enjoy A Wide Range Of Train Rides In The Peach State

Hawaii, Keeping Alive The State's Narrow-Gauge Railroad History

Illinois, Home To One Of The Country's Largest, The Illinois Railway Museum

Indiana, Experience The French Lick Scenic Railway And Other Trips

Iowa, Ride The Popular Boone & Scenic Valley Railway

Kansas, Showcasing A Few Trips By Rail

Kentucky, Home Of The "My Old Kentucky Dinner Train"

Maine, Riding The State's Fabled Narrow-Gauge Railroads

Maryland, Enjoy The Steam-Powered Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Massachusetts, Featuring Several Popular Excursion Trains

Michigan, Home Of The Popular Huckleberry Railroad And "The Polar Express" Steam Locomotive, Pere Marquette #1225

Minnesota, Preserving The State's Rich Rail History

Missouri, Home Of The Popular Branson Scenic Railway

Nebraska, Ride The State's Only Excursion, The Fremont & Elkhorn Valley

Nevada, Experience The Legendary Virginia & Truckee

New Hampshire, Enjoy The State's Gorgeous Scenery By Rail

New Jersey, Preserving Its Railroad History

New Mexico, Ride The Fabled Narro-Gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic

New York, Offering Numerous Excursions To Enjoy The State's Scenic Beauty

North Carolina, Home Of The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad And Other Trips

Ohio, Enjoy The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad And Other Rides

Oklahoma, Where You Can Enjoy A Few Trips By Rail

Oregon, Excursions On The Popular Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad And Others

Pennsylvania, Home Of The World-Famous Strasburg Railroad

South Carolina, Trips At The South Carolina Railroad Museum

Tennessee, Enjoy Train Rides Through The Appalachians

Texas, Home Of The Steam-Powered Texas State Railroad

Washington, Experience The State's Beauty By Rail

West Virginia, Through The Mountain State's Breathtaking Backcountry

Wisconsin, Enjoy The Ever-Popular Wisconsin Great Northern

Fall Foliage Train Rides, 2016 Schedule

For more information regarding when peak season occurs for different parts of the country please click here.  Finally, please click here to learn more about Halloween-themed train rides.


Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum:  Located in Calera, this museum not only provides static displays of the state's history with railroads but also offers a number of different excursions throughout the year.  One of these is the Pumpkin Patch Express hosted throughout October for the kids.  The ride lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

North Alabama Railroad Museum:  This museum is located in Huntsville and like the Heart Of Dixie offers excursions along with its static displays.  It has two different fall train rides, the Punkin' Pickin' Extravaganza and the Fall Color Special (which normally runs during two different weekends).


Verde Canyon Railway:  The Verde Canyon Railroad is a tourist railroad operating over ex-Santa Fe trackage in central Arizona, near the very popular tourist destination of Sedona. And like Sedona the Verde Canyon has become a popular tourist attraction itself since it began operations in the early 1990s.  During October and November they host special fall foliage trips in comfortable seating and climate-controlled cars.


Alaska Railroad:  The Alaska Railroad does not offer any type of excursion for all but they do provide a wide array of passenger trains like the Denali Star, Coastal Classic, Glacier Discovery, and others that provide not only incredible views of the state but also its [limited] fall colors.  This railroad is worth riding any time of year given the spectacular views the state offers.


Grand Canyon Railway:  One of our country's most upscale tourist trains, the Grand Canyon Railway's location does not subject it to spectacular fall color viewing.  However, its luxurious accommodations and gorgeous scenes of the desert and canyon more than make up for it.  In any event, they do offer fall vacation packages.

Verde Canyon Railroad:  Operating through Arizona's beautiful Verde Canyon this tourist railroad offers Fall Color Tours from early October through mid-November. 


Arkansas & Missouri Railroad:  The A&M is a large, short line railroad operating between Fort Smith, Arkansas and Monett, Missouri.  They annually offer popular excursions across their system and each October offer a "Fall Festival" during one weekend running between Seligman, Missouri to Van Buren, Arkansas as well as from Springdale to Van Buren, Arkansas.

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway:  The ES&NA's schedule is unclear but the railroad, which runs through the hills of the Ozark Mountains, provides excursions through October and presumably during the fall foliage season.  Their trips last around one hour covering just over 4 miles. 


California Western Railroad:  Operator of the famous Skunk Train based at Fort Bragg this excursion railroad hosts the Pumpkin Express during October of each year.  This is mostly tailored towards the kids but also offers a nice fall train ride through northern California.


Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad:  Operating part of the Rio Grande's former narrow-gauge lines in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado the C&TS provides incredible views of the San Juan Mountains passing over 10,000+ foot Cumbres Pass and through the Toltec Gorge.  Its season runs through October allowing passengers to see the vibrant fall colors of this region.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad:  Similar to the C&TS the D&SNG uses parts of the ex-D&RGW in southern Colorado operating original 2-8-2 "Mikado" steam locomotives.  It also operates throughout the fall season giving patrons a chance to see the fall foliage during September and October.

Georgetown Loop Railroad:  Located in the same general region as the D&SNG and C&TS this operation does not offer dedicated fall foliage excursions but its location provides for excellent viewing of autumn colors during September and October.

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad:  Like the above three railroads the LC&S also is located in the same general region operating a section of the former Colorado & Southern's narrow-gauge lines.  During September they host the Fall Photo Special.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad:  Based in Alamosa, Colorado and using a section of the former Rio Grande's the railroad hosts the Fall Colors Explorer during September and October.  The train features dome car service and serves guests pumpkin or apple pie on-board.


Essex Steam Train:  This excursion is based in Essex and is popular for using steam locomotives as well as its spectacular views of the Connecticut River.  During the fall months the train hosts a 2 1/2 hour Fall Foliage trip.  

Naugatuck Railroad:  This railroad, based in Thomaston hosts excursions through the Naugatuck River Valley, which are both steam and diesel powered.  During late September and into October one of their specials includes a Fall Foliage train ride. 


Wilmington & Western Railroad:  The Wilmington & Western, located in Wilmington, is a popular freight railroad which also offers steam-powered excursions on a 10-mile segment of a former Baltimore & Ohio branch.  They offer their Autumn Leaf Special during October and early November with trips lasting between 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours.  They also host a Hayride Express on select dates those months.


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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway:  Despite its location in the heart of the south this railroad located in the northern Georgia mountains offers October Fall Foliage trips from October 1st through early November.  They also host a Pumpkin Patch Express during one day in late October.

SAM Shortline Excursion:  This train ride is based in Cordele, Georgia operating a 70-mile round trip through the state's Georgia Veterans State Park.  While they do not host a dedicated fall foliage excursion their season does run through the peak of autumn season in October and into November.


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French Lick Scenic Railway:  Operated by the Indiana Railway Museum this excursion hosts the Pumpkin Patch Express for the kids in October while also providing a chance to see the region's fall colors. 

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum:  Based in North Judson, Indiana this museum also hosts a 10-mile excursion offering Fall Harvest Trains and Pumpkin Trains in late September through October.

Whitewater Valley Railroad:  Based in Connersville this tourist line operates a former New York Central branch, of which about 19 miles remain for excursions.  During October they host the Fall Foliage Flyer.   They also feature the Pumpkinliner during late October where the kids can ride out and pick a pumpkin to carve.


Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad:   The B&SV uses a former segment of the Chicago & North Western and is based out of Boone.  During October it hosts the Pumpkin Express for kids offering a chance to see the area's fall colors, as well.

Midwest Central Railroad:   The Midwest Central Railroad, based in Mt. Pleasant is note quite as large as the Boone & Scenic Valley. However, it offers a unique collection of operating steam locomotives. They host a number of special events throughout the season including the Great Pumpkin Train and Midwest Haunted Rails to celebrate Halloween and the fall season.


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Maine Narrow-Gauge Railroad & Museum:  Based in Portland this organization operates a two-foot narrow gauge railroad, which uses historic steam locomotives offers a number of special train rides throughout the year.  Each October they host the Pumpkin Train where the kids can enjoy a train ride and pick out a pumpkin while partaking in refreshments consisting of hot cider and cookies.


Western Maryland Scenic Railroad:  Without question Maryland's most popular tourist railroad operating the former Western Maryland Railway between Frostburg and Cumberland. The WMSR does not offer fall foliage tours but it hosts train rides throughout the autumn season giving passengers breathtaking views of the Allegheny Mountains during that time.


Edaville Railroad:  The popular, steam-powered Edaville Railroad, based in Carver, Massachusetts is part of an entire park system with its railroad a two-foot narrow-gauge operating around the grounds. Each October they host Pumpkin Aglow where the kids can dress up for Halloween and enjoy trick-or-treating.

Cape Cod Scenic Railroad:  The Cape Cod Scenic is based in Hyannis and offers a wide range of dinner trains and specials throughout the year.  While it does not host a fall foliage excursion the railroad upscale accommodations and schedule that runs through October means passengers can ride during the height of the fall season. 


Little River Railroad:  This excursion is based in Coldwater and operates along a six mile stretch of railroad with trains being pulled by restored steam locomotives.  They host regular excursions through October including the Fall Color Run during that month, which also allows patrons the chance to purchase pumpkins.

Southern Michigan Railroad:  The Southern Michigan Railroad, based in Clinton, has been in operation since 1982 operating about 13.5 miles of a former New York Central line acquired from Conrail.  They operate from the spring until December each year, hosting several special trips during that time.  One such annual run is the Fall Color Tour every October.  Around the same time you can also enjoy local festivals nearby such as the Clinton Fall Festival and Appleumpkin Festival.  To learn more please visit their website.


North Shore Scenic Railroad:  Based in Duluth and part of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum this excursion hosts a wide range of special trains throughout the year along its 26-mile route using both steam and diesel locomotives.  Beginning in late September it offers the Fall Colors Tour which, "CNN named the... 'Top 5 of the Top 10 in America!'"


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Arkansas & Missouri Railroad:  The A&M is a large, short line railroad operating between Fort Smith, Arkansas and Monett, Missouri.  They annually offer popular excursions across their system and while a dedicated fall foliage train is not provided rides are hosted throughout the autumn season. 

Branson Scenic Railway:  Missouri's most popular tourist railroad using the tracks of short line Missouri & Northern Arkansas between Galena and Self through the state's famous Ozark Mountains.  They do not offer dedicated fall foliage trips but their regular excursions and dinner trains run through the autumn season allowing the chance to see the changing leaves during that time.


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New Hampshire

Conway Scenic Railway:  Since New England is one of the top locations to see the stunning colors of fall doing so by rail is a must.  As one of the top excursion trains in the country the Conway Scenic Railway based in North Conway gives visitors unparalleled views of the autumn colors through the Mt. Washington Valley.

Hobo Railroad:  This tourist line is based in Lincoln and hosts trains along the Pemigewasset River.  During select dates in October the railroad hosts Fall Foliage Specials between Meredith and Plymouth as well as dinner trains celebrating the fall season. 

Winnipesaukee Railroad:  Owned by the same group as the Hobo Railroad this operation is based in Meredith using tracks once owned by the Boston & Maine.  The tourist line also hosts Fall Foliage Specials during September and October.

New Jersey

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New Mexico

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Please click here to visit the Colorado section to learn more about the fall foliage trips offered by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic.

New York

Adirondack Scenic Railroad:  As its name suggests the ASRR, one of New York's most popular tourist railroads, operates through the state's Adirondack Mountains where it operates former stretches of a New York Central branch.  During September and October of each year they host several Fall Foliage Trains to allow passengers that chance to see the region's splendid fall colors.

Arcade & Attica Railroad:  The A&A is based in Arcade and operates trackage originally built by the Buffalo, Attica & Arcade.  The railroad is popular for its use of steam locomotives.  During October they host Fall Foliage specials that last for roughly two hours passing through the Wyoming County countryside.

Catskill Mountain Railroad:  As with the ASRR this railroad is named after the region in which it operates, the beautiful Catskill Mountains.  It is based in Kingston and hosts its popular Fall Foliage Specials running from late September through much of October.

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad:  The C&CV operates through the
Susquehanna River Valley and hosts its 2 1/2-hour Fall Foliage Trains during late September through mid-October.  Excursions depart from the Milford Depot.

Finger Lakes Railway:  Also a short line freight railroad this operation based in both Geneva and Watkins Glen offers fall foliage excursions in the Finger Lakes area located in western New York State.

Medina Railroad Museum:  The Medina Railroad Museum mostly looks to preserve the area's railroad history, notably that of the New York Central which operated through the town. The museum is housed in the NYC's former freight depot and also operates a 34-mile round trip excursion train along the Erie Canal Heritage Corridor during the operating season.  During October each year they run Fall Foliage trips to see the region's beautiful fall colors.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway:  The S&NC operates through the beautiful Adirondack Mountains along the Hudson River using historic rare diesel locomotives like Electro-Motive's BL2 model.  They use, enclosed streamlined equipment, including dome cars for maximum panoramic views.  They do not offer dedicated fall foliage tours but do run daily throughout the season providing a wide range of options from dinner trains to available cafe cars on-board.

North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad:  Perhaps the preeminent place in North Carolina to ride trains not only during the fall season but throughout the year the GSMR, based in Bryson City, operates through the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains in the western part of the state.  The railroad's official fall foliage train is the Pumpkin Patch Express geared more towards the kids.  However, their trains, offering a wide range of different packages and options, operate through the height of the fall season.

Tweetsie Railroad:  Also located in western mountains of the Tarheel State at Blowing Rock this railroad is popular for its use of steam locomotives.  It operates just a few miles of track and does not host dedicated fall foliage specials but its location and schedule that runs through autumn provides for spectacularly scenic views during that time.

North Carolina Transportation Museum:  The North Carolina Transportation Museum, located in Spencer, NC, is situated on the former Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair shops. Today the museum sees tens of thousands annually and is housed in three of the former shop buildings (currently); the Bob Julian Roundhouse, the Flue Shop, and the Master Mechanics Shop.  During the fall they offer special Autumn Rails excursions hosted by Amtrak.  To learn more please visit their website.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad:  Ohio's, and one of our country's most popular excursions, seeing thousands of visitors annually,, this railroad operates a former Baltimore & Ohio branch through the Cuyahoga National Park outside of Cleveland.  They operate special train rides throughout the year and while they do not offer fall foliage specials they do host excursions throughout the autumn season allowing visitors the chance to see the vibrant colors of northern Ohio and the park.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway:  The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is located in Nelsonville, Ohio and operates over a former Chesapeake & Ohio branch to Athens. The HVSR does not operate luxury dinner trains or host steam locomotives but they feature a very nice operation through Ohio's countryside.   They host a 2-hour Fall Foliage Train which departs the Nelsonville depot throughout October

Lorain & West Virginia Railway:  The L&WV is based in Elyria and hosts a 12-mile round-trip (six miles each way) fall excursion (the Fall Color Tour) during Saturdays and Sundays in October.


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Mount Hood Railroad:  The Mt. Hood Railroad is based in its namesake town operating between there and Parkdale.  While an operating short line it also offers excursion train rides.  Its standard ride is known as the Parkdale Excursion Train and hosts trips during the peak of fall foliage season.  To learn more please visit their website.

Eagle Cap Excursion Train:  The Eagle Cap Excursion Train, based in Elgin, Oregon operates its trains in northeast Oregon using RDCs (or Rail Diesel Cars) for their excursions which follow the Grande Ronde River.  One day each September they host Fall Foliage specials.   To learn more please stop by their website.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad:  This tourist railroad is based in the beautiful Tillamook Bay area and uses a small fleet of steam locomotives to power its trains.  During weekends in October they offer Fall Splendor excursions that depart from Wheeler with round-trips lasting two hours.

Sumpter Valley Railroad:  Based in Sumpter this Oregon excursion line also operates only steam locomotives, a rare geared Heisler and a 2-8-2 "Mikado."  Their regular season runs from May through September although they host specials in October and for the holiday season.  This includes special fall foliage runs in mid-October.


Kiski Junction Railroad:  This tourist line is also an operating freight railroad based in Schenley.  They host excursion trains usually between June and October with specials running through December. Normally train rides on the route last about 1 1/2-hours.  Their special autumn train rides run three times daily during weekends in October and reservations are required.

Colebrookdale Railroad:  A relatively new tourist railroad, the Colebrookdale Railroad, also known as the Secret Valley Line, began service in 2014 and operates 8.6 miles between Boyertown and Pottstown. They currently offer their Autumn Splendor - Hayride On Rails, Bonfire Train, and Bountiful Harvest - Tour of the Secret Valley during the fall season. For more information please visit their website. 

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway:  This excursion is operated on and owned by freight line Reading & Northern.  It is based in Jim Thorpe and sometimes uses a restored 4-6-2 "Pacific" steam locomotive.  They host special Autumn Leaf fall foliage tours through October operating between Jim Thorpe and Port Clinton.

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad:  The OC&T, based in Titusville, operates on about 14 miles of track normally using a traditional diesel locomotive for power. Along with their standard excursions the railroad also hosts murder mystery dinner trains throughout the year including Fall Foliage Tours each October.

Strasburg Railroad:  Our country's second most popular tourist railroad seeing hundreds of thousands annually.  The railroad is based in Strasburg and their restored, period equipment and steam locomotives pull a wide range of different excursions and special trains throughout the year.  While a dedicated fall foliage ride is not offered you can choose from several different excursions to enjoy during the autumn season.

Tioga Central Railroad:  Another popular tourist train in the Keystone State they operate on trackage once owned by the New York Central railroad. Today, excursion trains operate on a section of line, which travels through the beautiful rolling hills of north-central Pennsylvania, owned by the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad, a freight line.  They do not offer fall foliage excursions but their season does run through October during the peak of autumn.

Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern:  The WK&S is based in Kempton, in eastern Pennsylvania, operating a unique blend of steam and diesel locomotives. Along with their standard excursions the WK&S also offers chartered trips.  Every fall the railroad offers their Fall Foliage Excursion during a few weekends beginning in late October.  To learn more please visit their website.

West Chester Railroad:  Operating out of West Chester not far from Philadelphia on tracks once owned by the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad this tourist line hosts the Fall Foliage Express from late September through mid-October.

Rhode Island

Newport Dinner Train:  One of the state's only excursion trains the Newport Dinner Train hosted by the Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad and based in Newport, runs several different trips throughout the year on their 18-mile line via enclosed, "streamlined" cars.  They host Autumn Bistro Trains during October that includes a "...three-hour journey that will take you north along the island to the Mt. Hope Bridge. While on board you’ll be treated to a special seasonal lunch created by our Executive Chef."  To learn more please visit their website.

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Tennessee Central Railway Museum:  The state's largest railroad museum is based in Nashville and focuses on preserving its history with trains.  Aside from the static displays the TCRM also offers many different excursions throughout the year in enclosed, climate-controlled cars.  During October they offer the very long Fall Foliage Excursion that is either a 180 or 216 miles, round-trip.

Three Rivers Rambler:  This popular excursion hosts a 90 minute round-trip along the Tennessee River based in Knoxville.  They operate year-round and do not offer a seasonal fall special but do run trains during the height the autumn colors.


Texas State Railroad:  The Texas State Railroad, based in Rusk and Palestine, Texas, is perhaps the state's most popular tourist train. Using trackage once owned by the Southern Pacific the railroad features two operating steam locomotives and a vintage diesel locomotive (an Alco RS2). Along with their standard excursions the railroad hosts numerous specials throughout the year including the Pumpkin Patch Express during select days throughout October.  Finally, they host a Fall Foliage Brunch Train.  According to their website: "It is designed to give nature lovers the best opportunity to view this annual show close-up.  This train departs from the Palestine Depot at 10:15 am and returns to the depot approximately 2:45 pm."


Heber Valley Railroad: Utah's most popular excursion is the Heber Valley, which has utilized the Rio Grande's 28-mile Provo Canyon Branch (Heber City to Provo) since the 1990s.  During the fall season their regular trains, the Provo Canyon Limited and Deer Creek Express offer fine views of the autumn colors.  They also host events for Halloween.


Green Mountain Railroad:  The state's most popular excursions and one of the best known across the country the Green Mountain hosts trips through the beautiful Vermont countryside.  From mid-September through mid-October the railroad hosts popular Fall Foliage trips to allow patrons to enjoy New England's vibrant autumn colors.  They also offer First Class accommodations for these trips.  To learn more please visit their website.


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Chelatchie Prairie Railroad:   The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, located in Yacolt, operates on former logging trackage between Chelatchie Prairie and Lucia Falls that was eventually owned by the Northern Pacific.  It pulls its trains using an historic steam locomotive and a few diesels.  During mid-October they offer the Steam Fall Leaves Special.

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad:  Perhaps Washington's most popular excursion, thanks to their fleet of steam locomotives, this railroad uses former segments of the Milwaukee Road and is based out of Elbe.  During October they host the Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express allowing visitors to enjoy the area's gorgeous fall colors while the kids can meet the Snoopy gang and pick out a pumpkin for Halloween.

West Virginia

Cass Scenic Railroad:  The best way to experience the fall grandeur in the Mountain State and the Appalachian Mountains, the Cass Scenic hosts rail excursions using restored geared steam locomotives via open-air cars with trains departing from the small town at Cass where they travel to the top of Bald Knob (if one wishes to ride that far).  Their seasonal schedule normally runs through the end of October.

New River Train Excursions:  An annual tradition since 1966, this excursion has been hosted each fall by the Collis P. Huntington Historical Society since that time taking travelers through the Mountain State's stunning New River Gorge.  For many years, steam locomotives pulled this train but today CSX does not allow them and Amtrak diesels now do the honors.  To learn more about this event please visit the society's website.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad:  Located in the state's Eastern Panhandle on a branch line originally owned by the Baltimore & Ohio the Potomac Eagle Scenic meanders along the South Branch Potomac River with surprisingly incredible scenery for an area known for being in the flatter region of the state. The tourist line is best known for its regular sightings of Bald Eagles.  Each year during October they host Fall Foliage Specials during their final month of service.

West Virginia Central Railroad: Based in Elkins and not far away from the Cass Scenic Railroad the WVC operates along the Greenbrier and Tygart Rivers offering a wide range of excursions in climate controlled cars.  They do not host a dedicated fall foliage train but stay open throughout the fall season allowing visitors to see the region's spectacular beauty and fall colors.  The same company also operates the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley just down the road in Durbin, which uses a restored Climax geared steam locomotive via open-air cars along a short stretch of the C&O's old Greenbrier Branch.


Lumberjack Steam Train:  The Lumberjack Steam Train is located in Laona and operated by the Camp 5 Museum.  They operate a restored 2-6-2 "Prairie" steam locomotive and board from the restored Soo Line depot in Laona.  During late September and into October they host Saturday Fall Festivals where along with a train ride the entire family can enjoy the "...Green Treasure Forest Tour, pumpkin patch, face painting, a marshmallow roast, and fresh apple cider."

Mid-Continent Railway Museum:  This museum is based in North Freedom and looks to preserve the region and state's railroad history. In doing so it also operates an excursion train for a 50-minute round-trip.  During October one of their specials includes Autumn Color Weekends, which is hosted just before they close for the season.


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