Chug Along on the Newport Railway

Things to Do — By Mike Virgintino on October 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

It’s a different way to see Aquidneck Island, with spectacular views of Narragansett Bay while riding in a historic 1904 Boston & Maine Railroad coach or the 1884 Inter Colonial Railroad parlor car.

Operated by the nonprofit National Railroad Foundation and Museum, the Old Colony & Newport Railway takes a trip past the Newport Naval Station and along natural rocky beaches.

The Newport train depot

Trains leave from the depot at 19 America’s Cup Avenue, which is just north of the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center. Parking is available at the depot.

The 80-minute train ride runs only on Sundays from mid-January to late November, except on Easter Sunday, Mothers’ Day and Fathers Day. Check the website for departure times and costs.

The train also is available for group charters on other days.

A word of caution: while the trip is enjoyable for most adults and children, real train buffs might find the ride lacking when compared to other historic train rides around the country.

[Image: Mike Virgintino]

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