Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need or can I make reservations to ride the train?
We do not accept reservations, but train capacity is seldom a problem outside of our special events. Our operating schedule usually calls for three to five trains per day, so in the worst case you might end up waiting an hour to ride the next train. We recommend that those of you travelling a great distance not target your arrival for the last train of the day, just to be safe. If enough people want to ride after the final departure we will make a decision on running an extra train to accommodate them.
May I purchase Tickets in Advance?
At present we do not sell tickets online. As per above, capacity is seldom a problem outside of our special events.
When does the train run?
Trains run on select Saturdays and Sundays, as well as other special occasions. Historically that was Memorial Day Weekend through the peak of foliage season in mid October. We determine the schedule in early May each year. Please see our Operating Schedule for operating dates and times, as well as information on fares. We keep this page updated with any last minute schedule changes that may occur due to availability of equipment or train crews.
How long is the train ride and where does it go?
Our train operates from Sanders Station on 128 Bridge Street to the point where the original railway crossed the Sandy River into Phillips. The scheduled round trip time is 50 minutes. This includes time to explore the roundhouse and other historic structures at the south end of our line. We also demonstrate the operation of the turntable on some dates, and kids of all ages can take a turn at operating a real hand car in our rail yard.
Are you running the steam locomotive?
At present we do not have a steam locomotive at the museum. Most trains are hauled by replica locomotive #4. Donations towards the restoration of steam operations are always welcome.
Are dogs welcome on the train?
Yes, it’s not uncommon for a dog to escort his or her humans onto the train. Actually we would prefer to see your dog on the train and not left in a vehicle while you ride.
Is the train Wheel Chair Accessible?
Narrow gauge rail cars are by definition, narrow. Unfortunately our train and facilities are not wheelchair friendly or ADA compliant at this time, nor do we have ADA compliant restroom facilities. There is a wheelchair ramp leading to the train platform and with enough notice we could put a caboose on the train that would allow wheelchair access.