You’ve got 2 great options for an autumn train ride this year:
1. Your first autumn train option is the Historic Autumn Express:
Amtrak’s Autumn Express excursion is back in a part of New England you can’t see by car. This historic train ride traveling through small towns and historic tunnels, departs from and returns to the Albany/Rensselaer and Schenectady stations on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25. See key landmarks and experience a rare route that hasn’t seen by regular passenger service in decades. The details:
“This year’s Autumn Express will take you through the scenic valleys of eastern New York, southwestern Vermont and the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. In addition to the colors of fall, the highlight of this season’s excursion will be traveling through the historic, five-mile- long Hoosac Tunnel, completed in 1877, considered one of the nation’s civil engineering landmarks. The Autumn Express will be the first publicly-offered passenger train through the Hoosac Tunnel in 30 years. The train will depart from the convenient Albany-Rensselaer Station and Schenectady Station to East Deerfield, MA returning via the same route. Don’t miss out on this rare, exciting opportunity.” – From Amtrak.com
Tickets are on sale now and go quickly!
- Flat price of $129 for adults and includes a boxed lunch and a souvenir tote bag.
- The train departs Albany/Rensselaer at 8:00 am and Schenectady at 8:25 am, returning to Schenectady at 5:22 pm and Albany/Rensselaer at 5:50 pm.
- Up to two (2) children ages 2 – 12 may accompany each adult at half the adult fare.
- Seating is limited for this unique opportunity.
2. Your second autumn train option: The vintage Great Dome Car
If that weekend doesn’t work for you and you still want an autumn train ride, Amtrak has brought back its historic Great Dome Car on the Adirondack service between Albany and Montreal for a six-week run. This year, it started Sept. 25 and runs through Nov. 3, 2015.
Train lovers and history buffs get an unusual vantage point for some of the Northeast’s most beautiful landscapes. The vintage 1955 Dome Car features an upper level with windows on all sides, including the roof, offering unparalleled 360-degree panoramic views of the autumn vistas. The train runs along the cliffs of Lake Champlain with Green Mountains of Vermont from across the lake, views along the Hudson River, and the Adirondack Mountains.
The Adirondack route was named “One of the Top 10 Most Scenic Train Trips in North America” by Conde Nast Traveler. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says,”This route offers postcard views every season, but it’s even more breathtaking in the fall, especially from the Dome. You aren’t going to get these foliage views from the road.”
The Dome Car operates northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and returns south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. The Dome car doesn’t operate on Wednesdays. (You can begin the Adirondack route in New York City’s Penn Station, but the Dome Car isn’t attached to the train until the Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station stop. On the southbound route from Montreal to New York City, the Dome Car is detached from the train at the Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station.)
There’s no surcharge for riding the Adirondack service during this period, but advance reservations are required. Seating in the Great Dome car is unreserved.
“Folks get their regular seats and then they tend to go up and rotate in and out of the Dome car,” says Magliari. “It’s a rolling social experience.”
The train departs from New York City’s Penn Station about 8 a.m. and the Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station at 11:10 a.m. It arrives in Montreal about 7 p.m. (If you’re taking the train all the way to Montreal, don’t forget your passport and be sure to book a hotel room before you leave.)
A one-way ticket from New York City to Montreal starts at $68. Climb aboard at the Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station in New York, (about a two-hour drive from Hartford), and one-way ticket prices start at $58. Book your trip online with the “See New York and Save” promotion and you’ll save 15 percent. Up to two children, aged 2 to 12, travel at half-fare with each adult fare purchased.
Sourced from: MySA