The Best Historic Railways
Throughout the country there are amazing examples of the historic railways. These railways conveyed people to their destinations across the country in comfort and with ease. Today, many of these railways still take passengers on fun excursions. Here are a few of these historic railways.
White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, Alaska
This narrow gauge railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Goldrush. This railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. A trip on the railway gives visitors the chance to see stunning views of Alaska's scenery. The Railway has two tunnels, bridge and trestles.The White Pass Summit Excursion travels from Skagway to the summit of White Pass. Another excursion is the Yukon Adventure which travels from Skagway into British Columbia. There are more adventure options on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.
Heber Valley Historic Railroad, Utah
This train, also called the Heber Creeper Train dates all the way back to 1899. It was a train that served the pioneers who first settled in the valley. Today vintage coaches pulled by vintage steam locomotives and vintage diesel electric locomotives, across some of Utah's beautiful scenery. Over 95,00 people ride the 16 miles rail line each year. A round-trip on the train takes about three hours, during these three hours riders can see a variety of wildlife, Mount Timpanogos, the Cascade Mountains, Deer Creek Dam and Reservoir and much more. The railroad also has special trips held during different times during the year, including the Haunted Canyon Train during the month of October and the North Pole Express. From the end of November through December riders of the Heber Valley Historic Railroad can make reservations for the North Pole Express to drink hot chocolate, see elves and santa while enjoy the classic Christmas tale.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado
Colorado has lots of great railroad trips and options, one of these is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. The historic train runs along the Animas River. During the winter the steam locomotive doesn't travel the entire route to Silverton and back, instead the trip stops at the Cascade Station, which is about half of the regular route. Even in the winter the trip is beautiful and you can still learn all about the historic steam locomotives and the narrow gauge track at the museum. During the winter this train also provides a Polar Express ride, on the trip to the North Pole you and your family will drink hot chocolate and listen to the classic story.
Conway Scenic Railroad, New Hampshire
The Conway Scenic Railroad is a historic railroad, and is a fantastic way to see some of the scenery of New Hampshire. Visitors can ride the Valley Train, which travels between North Conway and Conway or Bartlett. The Conway Scenic Railroad also has the Notch Train, which travels from North Conway to Crawford Depot or Fabyan Station. During the winter months the train service is reduced, but travelers can enjoy the "Santa's Holiday Express" runs.
Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona
The Grand Canyon Railway made its first journey in 1901. With the creation of this railway people from across the country could visit and explore the splendor of the Grand Canyon National Park. Today this railway still serves as a way to travel to the Grand Canyon with ease and comfort. Travelers wanting to ride the Grand Canyon Railway can still get tickets to reach the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and during the winter visitors can take the Polar Express.
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, Washington
Visitors to Washington can take a trip on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, to enjoy the beautiful forests and scenery of the Pacific Northwest. The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad is the longest continuously operating steam train in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can purchase tickets for special events and weekly excursions that depart from Mineral, Washington.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, North Carolina
This railroad has been transporting people in North Carolina since the late 1800s. Today visitors can enjoy a variety of excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, to experience historic train routes and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area. Travelers in North Carolina can take the Nantahala Gorge departure, which runs along the Tuckasegee River, over the Fontana Lake Trestle and into the Nantahala River Gorge, or they can take a Tuckasegee River departure which also travels along the Tuckasegee River, into the Cowee Tunnel and more.
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