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USA Fall Colours Steam - Ground Only

USA Fall Colours Steam - Ground Only

Discover steam States style and experience outstanding autumnal scenery! Our new Fall Colours tour is a must for all rail enthusiasts featuring double headed shay locomotives, a huge 2-6-6-2 mallet in operation, two diesel excursions, an Amtrak ride and two railroad museums! Enjoy free time in the fabulous cities of Boston, New York and Washington.

14 Days From £3749



Wednesday 30th September 2020



  • Steam through quintessential New England towns in first class 1920’s vintage coaches

  • Enjoy a scenic steam ride alongside the Delaware River behind a Chinese steam locomotive

  • Ride on double headed Shay locomotives on the Cass Scenic Railroad

  • Take a steam hauled ride through Amish Country on the Strasburg Railroad

  • Ride on the steeply graded Western Maryland Railroad behind the huge C&O 2-6-6-2

  • Experience the open carriages of the Durbin Rocket!

  • Visit the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum that houses a world-class collection of locomotives

  • Visit some of the earliest locomotives in America at the Mount Clare Roundhouse

  • Spot American bald eagles from the Potomac Eagle vintage diesel train

  • Enjoy free time in the fabulous cities of Boston, New York and Washington

  • Discover Boston’s many micro brewed beers

  • Stay at the Steamboat Inn, a unique paddle steamer themed hotel




On arrival we transfer to our nearby hotel the Hampton Inn Boston Logan Airport, our base for the next 2 nights.


Today we have free time to explore the fabulous city of Boston independently. Our experienced tour manager can advise on the many options available including the hop-on / hop-off Beantown Trolley, many microbrewery pubs, the 2½ mile "freedom trail" walk around the heart of the historic former colonial city including Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution or alternatively we can take the train to seaside town of Rockport. (Please note attractions are not included).



This morning we take the Amtrak train along the coast to Old Saybrook. On arrival we meet our coach and transfer the short distance to the historic 1892 Essex station for a narrated round trip by steam through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester in first class vintage carriages. At Deep River we are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher river boat for a 75-minute cruise along the Connecticut River before our return trip back to Essex station. Following our excellent trip, we travel by private coach to New York for two nights stay at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown West.



Today we enjoy a free day to explore the Big Apple; our tour manager is available to advise the many available options including walking to Times Square, the hop-on hop-off bus, the free Staten Island Ferry, Transit Museum housed in an old subway station, iconic Grand Central Station, Central Park and the lift to the top of the Empire State Building. (Please note attractions are not included).



We travel by private coach this morning to Phillipsburg New Jersey where we board the Delaware River Railroad for a 90-minute ride in 1950's restored carriages along the scenic Delaware River behind a Chinese steam locomotive SY 2-8-2 No.142. In the afternoon we continue by coach to Strasburg for two nights stay at the Fulton Steamboat Inn, built to resemble a paddle steamer.



Today we take a trip on America's oldest operating railroad, the Strasburg Railroad dating back to 1832. We take a steam hauled ride through the tranquil Amish Country and enjoy a guided tour of the restoration workshop. We also visit the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum that houses a world-class collection of locomotives and carriages.



This morning we travel by coach to the B & O Museum in Baltimore. The museum is housed in the historic Mount Clare Roundhouse and some of the very earliest locomotives in America are preserved here. During our visit we also have a special guided tour of the restoration workshop. Following our fascinating day of rail heritage, we continue by road to Cumberland for two nights and stay at the Ramada Inn where many of the rooms overlook the railway line.



We take a short walk from our hotel to the station for a full day scenic steam excursion through the Allegheny Mountains over the steeply graded Western Maryland Railroad to Frostburg. We travel behind the huge recently restored C&O 2-6-6-2 No.1309 and along the way discover breath-taking views of Mountain Maryland. We enjoy free time in the historic town of Frostburg with unique shops and a winery that also serves local craft beers before we return by rail to Cumberland.



We have time to watch the freights on the line by our hotel this morning before travelling by road to Romney for our Potomac Eagle vintage diesel excursion along the Potomac River. We enjoy a 3-hour round trip and have the chance to spot American bald eagles while we enjoy lunch onboard. We then continue by coach to Elkins in West Virginia for our three nights stay at Wingate by Wyndham.

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DAY 10

This morning we take a short walk to the station for our full day Cheat Mountain Salamander excursion through remote West Virginian countryside with a buffet lunch included. The 120-mile diesel hauled round trip includes many interesting features such as a long tunnel with a 'S' curve underneath Cheat Mountain, stunning mountain vistas and wildlife including potential bald eagles and black bear sightings.

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DAY 11

Today we travel by road to Cass for an incredible 4½ hour round trip on the Cass Scenic Railroad to the summit of Bald Knob (4,842ft) using double headed Shay locomotives over a very steeply graded line including a switchback. During our excursion a 'King of the Road' hobo lunch is included. Cass has the world's largest collection of geared logging locomotives and we will have time to look around the logging town of Cass that has remained virtually unchanged for over 100 years.

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DAY 12

We travel by road this morning to Durbin Depot for our departure on the "Durbin Rocket", a geared Heisler steam locomotive. We enjoy a leisurely 2-hour round trip along the banks of the Greenbrier River with beautiful mountain views. In the afternoon we continue by road to Washington for our overnight stay at the Grand Hyatt.


DAY 13

Today we have a day of leisure to explore wonderful Washington. Our hotel is situated just half a mile from The National Mall including the famous Smithsonian Museum, The White House and Capitol Building. We can choose to walk or travel by hop on/hop off bus tour to see the many attractions. (Please note attractions are not included). We trust you would of enjoyed your Great American Adventure and commence your independant journey home!


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch


Hampton Inn Boston Logan Airport

The 3-star Hampton Inn is ideally located close to the airport and offers convenient access to downtown Boston’s many attractions, shops and restaurants via a complimentary shuttle bus. The hotel offers great quality accommodation and has excellent range of facilities including bar, restaurant, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. The recently refurbished bedrooms offer Wi-Fi, coffee maker and TV.


Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Midtown West, New York

This 3-star Manhattan hotel is situated close to many of the Big Apple’s world-famous attractions on the doorstep and Times Square is only a 15-minute walk away. The comfortable bedrooms offer Wi-Fi, TV, coffee machine and safe. The hotel does not have a restaurant but there are lots of restaurant option nearby.


Fulton Steamboat Inn, Strasbourg

The unique 3-star Steamboat Inn is built to resemble a paddle steamer and is bursting with character. The hotel offers themed nautical and Victorian style rooms with TV, refrigerator and coffee machine. The atmospheric Huckleberry’s Tavern and restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a drink. The hotel also has an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness centre.


Ramada by Wyndham, Cumberland

The 3-star Ramada is ideally situated for any rail enthusiasts overlooking the main line train tracks! Set in Cumberland’s historic downtown, this hotel offers a bar, restaurant and fitness centre. The comfortable bedrooms have Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, TV and safe.


Wingate by Wyndham, Elkins

Located in the heart of Elkins, the 3-star Wingate is within walking distance of railway station, West Virginia Railroad Museum, restaurants and charming shops. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and fitness centre. All 61 bedrooms have fridges, coffee makers, Wi-Fi and TV.


Grand Hyatt, Washington

The 4-star is centrally located and ideally based to explore many of Washington’s major attractions. The hotels air-conditioned comfortable bedrooms feature refrigerator, Wi-Fi and TV. The hotel has a lounge bar, bistro restaurant, coffee shop and fitness centre with indoor swimming pool.



From London Heathrow Airport:

Standard Economy seats on British Airways


Upgraded flight seats on British Airways

On Request

Ex Boston / Washington (Ground Only Fare)


Single Traveller Supplement



12 nights' hotel accommodation with private facilities

Breakfast each day plus 3 lunches

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager



Deposit for this tour £300


FLIGHT TIMES (on our Flight Inclusive tour - for information only)

Departure - BA213 - 30 SEPT 2020 LHR to BOS  dept 1115 Arrive 1335 (Boston time)

Return     - BA292 - 12 OCT 2020 IAD to LHR    dept 2220 arrive 1035+1 (GMT)


American Visa -ESTA - These are not done by Railtail and must be arranged by the passenger.  A link has been provided in the useful links section for all entry requirements to the USA.



In addition to your completed Additional Information form for this tour, we shall also require for each passenger:

  • Nationality

  • Passport Number

  • Passport Place of Issue

  • Passport Issue Date

  • Passport Expiry Date


Passports and Visa Information

A full 10 year British passport is required for this tour. Please allow at least six months and preferably twelve months for issue and renewal. Outside Europe, many countries stipulate that passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your intended visit.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Boston, USA Boston, USA
London Heathrow Airport London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

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