They say there are many spooky tales surrounding the Hoosac Tunnel in North Adams, and Halloween seems to be the perfect time to revisit some of them. So while the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum’s BSRM’s tracks do not go through the historic passageway under the mountains, that’s not stopping the all-volunteer, non-profit organization to find an entertaining way to educate the public on the significance of the civil engineering marvel. On Saturday evenings this October, BSRM will host acclaimed local historian Paul Marino, known for his entertaining cemetery walks and retired educator Chris Wondoloski, author of The Hoosac Tunnel Murders, on-board the train as they relate the legend and legacy of the Hoosac Tunnel.
The historic Hoosac Tunnel which opened for rail traffic in 1875, took over 25 years to build, cost millions to construct and claimed over 100 lives. The tunnel, which remains a vital transportation asset, transformed North Adams into a powerful industrial city and left a legacy of engineering accomplishments and chilling ghost stories.
While aboard the train and with the eerie sounds of the whistle and beautiful Berkshire fall sunset as a background, Marino and Wondoloski will explore the politics, personalities, technology and ghostly tales which make the story of the Hoosac Tunnel fascinating. The highlight of the experience will be a lantern-lit dusk trek into the historic and hallowed grounds of Southview Cemetery, located in the shadow of the very tunnel itself, to visit the resting places of some of the people you learned about on-board.
The Hoosac Valley Legends Train: The Story of the Hoosac Tunnel departs from North Adams Station located at 98 Crowley Ave., directly behind the Brien Center building at 5:30PM on Saturday, October 8, 15, 22 & 29 only. The round-trip train excursion travels from North Adams to Adams with a stop at Southview Cemetery. Passengers will detrain and experience an approximate 30 minute walking tour of the cemetery led by Paul Marino. Please allow up to two hours for this excursion. Tickets are $20.00 and can conveniently be purchased online by visiting http://www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com or at the door, based on availability. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit, all volunteer BSRM. Although family friendly, this experience is not designed to capture the attention of young children and we recommend parents use their discretion.
About the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum’s Hoosac Valley Train Ride
A unique Berkshires experience has returned with BSRM’s NEW Hoosac Valley Train Ride! Since 1984, BSRM has been offering family train ride excursions in the Berkshires. Popular with locals and tourists alike, BSRM has expanded its fun and educational train ride experience to the beautiful Hoosac Valley. In development since 2012, sufficient work has been completed to permit train operations during 2016. The all-volunteer, non-profit educational cooperation relies on revenue earned from train ride ticket sales for its preservation and restoration activities, including the successful restoration of a vintage Rail Diesel Car that once served Berkshire County. Train rides are offered every weekend from Memorial Day through the end of October with Christmas themed trains offered after Thanksgiving and other special events offered throughout the year.