North Adams, MA: Having just completed its successful inaugural season of tourist train rides on its new Hoosac Valley operation and four consecutive sold out “Legends of the Hoosac Valley” trains, the all-volunteer, non-profit is wasting no time in shifting tracks to create a unique and exclusively themed Christmas train ride for the Berkshires: The Tinseliner™.
The Tinseliner™ is a Christmas themed event created by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum exclusively for its Hoosac Valley Train Ride which operates on a MassDOT owned rail line between North Adams and Adams, Massachusetts. The Tinseliner™ seeks to capture a moment in time and a sense of nostalgia by evoking Christmas in 1955 – the year BSRM’s vintage, stainless steel Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) was built and placed into service between Boston & North Adams. This holiday season will mark the inaugural year for this event.
Upon arrival for the approximate one-hour, round trip ride on the Tinseliner™, passengers will be greeted by the sounds of a 1950s holiday – Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. After picking up their tickets and visiting the museum store where guests may purchase souvenirs of their visit and purchase Christmas gifts for the train lover in the family, passengers can take a family photo with the Budd RDC and view a 1950s livingroom vignette with an authentic silver Christmas tree and Lionel Electric Train on display while classic television specials play in the background.
During the ride, passengers will enjoy the atmosphere created by BSRM’s uniformed Conductors and traditional popular Christmas music. As the decorated train rides the rails, the anticipation of picking up a very special passenger builds: Santa Claus will join the crew to visit with each family for the ride back to North Adams.
When the train arrives back at the station, passengers can purchase their family Christmas Tree from PopCares Inc., a local Non-Profit organization helping cancer patients in the Northern Berkshire and bordering Southern Vermont towns. BSRM is extremely pleased to join with PopCares in offering this unique experience for the whole family: take a fun train ride, meet Santa and bring home the Christmas Tree all in one night! (while supplies last!).
BSRM is asking all of its neighbors along the tracks to help make this event special for its passengers by decorating their property with lights or other decorations to add even more atmosphere! Rather than wear pajamas, a trend popular with other Christmas train events, BSRM is turning that concept around and in keeping with the theme, passengers are encouraged to dress up in their best travel clothes just like folks did when they traveled by train in the 1950’s.
Trains will depart from BSRM’s North Adams location at 98 Crowley Avenue, North Adams, MA (located in the rear of the Brien Center parking lot) on November 25, 26, 27 and December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. Friday and Saturday departures are 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00; Sunday departures are 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00. Tickets are $18.00 per adult and $14.00 per child (ages 4-12). Children under the age of 4 will not have their own seat and must sit on an adult lap. Tickets are available via online purchase only at www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com. All tickets are picked up one hour before scheduled departure time. All purchases and NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-EXCHANGEABLE. Please note that due to constraints imposed by our historic rail equipment, we are regrettably unable to accommodate wheelchairs. All passengers must be able to transfer. These trains will sell out in advance – and the organizers urge patrons to buy their tickets early.