Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum Inc. is excited to announce that after 5 years of careful planning and development with our partners at MassDOT, the City of North Adams, and the Town of Adams, the project to restore train service between Adams and North Adams has reached its last big milestone: complete restoration of track between Renfrew St. in Adams, and the Visitor Center in downtown Adams. Tracks on this stretch of the old Pittsfield and North Adams right-of-way were torn up decades ago but as of this week, contractors have finished the project to build new track to facilitate downtown to downtown service in northern Berkshire County.
This weekend, just in time for fall foliage, Berkshire Scenic Railway’s Hoosac Valley Service will be operating the first regularly scheduled passenger trains over this track since the early 1950’s. Passengers can take this journey on a 1955 Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) just like the ones that were used on this line years ago. These first trains will be traveling south to Adams then reversing back north to North Adams however, Berkshire Scenic anticipates construction of a platform in Adams to be complete later this year, allowing 2018 train rides to board in either location.
Trains will run Saturday, Sunday, and Columbus Day Monday this weekend at 10:00AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, and 3:00PM. Prices are $14.00 for adults, $12.00 for Seniors, and $10.00 for children under 12 years old. All trains will depart from North Adams Station at 98 Crowley Avenue, North Adams, MA. Foliage train rides will continue on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. Berkshire Scenic will also be hosting two special “Spirit Trains” on October 14th and 21st featuring a twilight cemetery walk led by Psychic-Medium Julie MacDonald. For more info on these trains and other special events please visit www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com.