Upstate New York Scenic Fall Foliage Train Rides

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Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Adirondack Scenic Railroad Photo Credit: Barbara Friedman via Flickr

The most colorful and in my opinion beautiful season of the year draws locals and tourists out to enjoy the various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta during autumn in Upstate New York. From the Mountains to the Finger Lakes region there is no better way to take in all the colors of the beautiful fall foliage and sites than on a train tour.  The tours generally begin in late September and extend to late October to cover the peak of the fall colors in our area.

 Catskill Mountain Railroad.

Inside the Catskills Mountain Railroad car
Inside the Catskills Mountain Railroad car Photo Credit Greg Chow via Flickr
Catskill Mountain Railroad
Catskill Mountain Railroad Photo credit: Kat Stan via Flickr

There is no better way to experience the spectacular colors of autumn in the Catskills than with a ride on Fall Foliage Train Rides. Experience sights you just can’t get from your car, and without the hassle of driving, everyone gets to enjoy the views. See the natural beauty of the Catskills from the railroad’s unique perspective, aboard Ulster County’s only scenic train! Take a comfortable seat in a vintage coach, or enjoy the fresh air and panoramic views from an open car!

All trains depart from Kingston Westbrook Lane station. Allow up to an hour for the complete round trip.

 Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8-0, 14-15
Departure times:  11:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. & 3:00 P.M.

For more information and tickets visit the Catskill Mountain Railroad Website

Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Adirondack Scenic Railroad Photo Credit: Barbara Friedman via Flickr
Adirondack Scenic Railroad Interior of an ex- VIA/CN coach.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Interior of an ex- VIA/CN coach. Photo Credit: via Brad O’Brien Flickr

 

 

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Adirondack Scenic Railroad Photo credit: Howard Brier via Flickr

 

Travel through forests, over rivers and streams, seeing all the beautiful fall colors of the Adirondacks. This trip runs up to Thendara and has a very brief stop in Thendara, then turns around and comes back. While you’re on the train, visit the Cafè Car and try the light and hearty fare as you ride the rails on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad! This day long excursion is time well spent!

Train departs Utica – 11:30 am
Arrive in Thendara – 1:30 pm
Depart Thendara – 2:15 pm
Arrive Utica – 4:30 pm

Departure Dates 2017:
Fridays & Sundays
September 15th – October 22nd
Departure Times:
11:30am

For more information and tickets visit Adirondack Scenic Railroad Website

 

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Photo Credit: Doug Kerr via Flickr

Take a journey back in time in vintage rail cars and locomotives through the scenic wilderness of the upper Susquehanna River Valley. This picturesque ride travels along the tranquil Susquehanna River, through farm fields with beautiful views, and forests with colorful foliage.

Saturdays and Sundays, September 30, October 1, 8, 14, 15, and Columbus Day Monday, October 9.
Boards at Milford Depot.
Departure Time: 1 PM
Trip duration: 2 1/2 Hours

For more details and tickets visit the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Website

 

Medina Railroad Museum

Fall is the perfect season to visit the Medina Railroad Museum. Enjoy a 2 hour round trip ride through the wooded scenery and along The Erie Canal that is even more stunning during the autumn as the trees are ablaze with fall foliage.

As the leaves transform into brilliant hues of reds, oranges, and gold, you won’t miss a thing in the nostalgic vintage cars with the magnificent sights of the season. If you really want to immerse yourself in the railroad experience, there are also lunch options available!

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7,  SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18, SATURDAY OCTOBER 21, SUNDAY OCTOBER 22, 2017

Departs Medina at 11 am returns at 1 pm
Departs Lockport at 12 pm returns at 3:00 pm
Departs Medina at 2 pm returns at 4 pm

For More Details and Tickets Visit the Medina Railroad Website

 

Arcade & Attica Railroad

Conversation with the Conductor
Conversation with the Conductor Photo Credit: Jonathan Filbert via Flickr
Arcade & Attica Railroad
Arcade & Attica Railroad Photo Credit: Jonathan Filbert via Flickr

Enjoy a 2 hour and 20-minute round trip train excursion starting at 278 Main Street Arcade, New York. At the halfway point, you will depart the train at Curriers Station for a self-guided tour of the museum. This train ride will take you through Western New York along the historic and scenic areas near Buffalo.  Arcade & Attica Railroad operates both steam-powered and diesel freight trains.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,  October 1- October 22nd.
Departure Times:
11 am. , 1 pm., 2 pm. & 5pm.

For More Details and Tickets Visit Arcade & Attica Railroad Website

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Via Facebook
Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum will be operating a series of Fall Foliage Excursions with the cooperation of the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad between Lakeville and Industry, New York. Ride in the museum’s reconditioned Budd streamlined coaches built in 1941 for the New York Central’s “Empire State Express” hauled by vintage Alco Century diesel locomotives. This is your opportunity to take a “rare mileage” trip over the rails of the freight-only Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad and enjoy a beautiful fall foliage tour!

One Day ONLY!
Sat, October 7, 2017
Departure times: 9:30 AM, 12 NOON, & 2:30 PM

For More Details& Tickets Visit Eventbrite

 

Will you be boarding a train this fall to take in the sites of Autumn in Upstate New York? Know of a train ride I missed? Send me the info and I will add it here!

 

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From the Mountains to the Finger Lakes region there is no better way to take in all the colors and sites than on a train tour.

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