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Old 08-21-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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My husband and I love trains. Can anyone tell me about small, quaint towns that have trains? When we retire in a few years that is one of our top priorities--find a small town with trains. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:58 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Small town that a train runs through, or served by a commuter rail service? My small town has a couple trains a day run through it, and around Christmas they run the "Christmas Train" and make stops along the way in the small towns with a special train and caboose carrying Santa. Since they own the tracks they change schedules around and stop right in the middle of the track in most of the places because most of the sidings are long gone.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:26 PM
 
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Boone, IA.

Iowa Railroad Historical Society | Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum | Preserving Iowa's railroad history in Boone, Iowa

"Rides" in the yellow band at top.

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North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: Bryson City, NC

New England

New England Rails and Sails Tours - Fall Foliage :: Vacations By Rail ::

California

Historic Trains of California :: Vacations By Rail ::

Great site (parts of which are above)

Train Tours and Custom Train Vacations :: Vacations By Rail ::
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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There is an area in northeast Florida that is a major bottleneck for trains going through the southeast. Trains go by there every hour. If you can deal with coal cinders, you might also consider the areas around the bigger tourist railroad like Strausburg (sp?).
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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There is an old steam engine train that goes between Georgetown and Silver Plume in Colorado. There is also one that goes between Durango and Silverton.

P.S. It probably doesn't run in the winter though.

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Old 08-21-2009, 09:40 PM
 
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I'm listening to the train go by right now (about a 1/2 mile down the road) in Danville PA. On the Susquehanna, small town, big hospital, some lovely Victorians and friendly people!
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Old 08-22-2009, 04:41 PM
 
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Bydand, We're looking for a train that runs through it. I also should have stated that we like mountains, cold weather, and snow. I suppose that really narrows areas down quite a bit, doesn't it? Thanks for your replies so far.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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No mountains in Minnesota, but the rail line from ND border to Becker Minnesota is very busy ( many long coal trains along with normal freight trains and Amtrak )

Since the rail tracks roughly follow HWY 10, nearly every town between Becker and ND would be on it.

Becker is where the big coal fired electric plant is located.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:23 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Stevenson, WA, Trains every 20 minutes on the WA side of the Columbia Gorge ~ 1 hr east of Portland,OR. (Passenger + freight + occasional excursion of the 4449 Columbia Gorge Garden Railroading - Trains and Gscale RRs). Beautiful spot (See Skamania Lodge). Best Brew pub in WA (Walking Man) is less than 100ft from the tracks. Wind surfer's paradise. 3 miles to Pacific Crest Trail crossing (Bridge of the Gods Cascade Locks, OR). No state income tax in WA (no sales tax on food ingredients) , No Sales tax in OR (shop across the river). Retirees love Stevenson. I will love it if they keep the indoor swimming pool open. (<$2.00 for seniors) Skamania County, Southwest Washington State in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Visit on a Friday and enjoy smoked salmon Chower at the Big River Grill. If you get tired of trains, you can watch the barges. Bonneville Dam (10 Min west) has some impressive Locks. Bonneville Lock and Dam - Portland District - US Army Corps of Engineers (http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/op/b/home.asp - broken link) Great place to volunteer (Gardens and hatchery are impressive too). As is this place Welcome to the Museum! | Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center | Stevenson, WA. (even has some trains on display).

If you need to get out of town FAST (Or come visit) Use Portland Airport, it is very EZ and good connections. Cheap flights via SWA at the moment. I'm looking at $89 one way to the east coast (MHT) for fall colors (tho ours were great last yr, especially in Wishram, but good to in The Dalles, OR and Stevenson). I frequently take $39 Flights to Sacramento to find winter sun, and to enjoy their train museum, or a trip to Napa Valley, San Francisco, Monterrey, Bodega Bay, or Yosemite & Sequoia NP.

If you gotta have MORE trains and can deal with a more remote, smaller town, and drier climate in the Columbia Gorge, then Wishram, WA is your place (Property is REAL cheap there) They have a great train museum, and it is an Amtrak Stop. //www.city-data.com/city/Wishram-Washington.html Lewis and Clark's Columbia River - Wishram, Washington

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I also should have stated that we like mountains, cold weather, and snow. I suppose that really narrows areas down quite a bit, doesn't it?
The sights I gave you have mtns and snow, but for another choice look to Glenwood Springs area of Colorado. I like camping in Glenwood Canyon near the trains. (near Wolcott) There are some great 'local' ski areas that get the weather and benefit of terrain of Aspen / Snowmass / Vail, but are not so 'trendy'. Colorado has a pretty fair tax structure for seniors. Tho I prefer WY, which also has LOTS of trains, but many are a bit boring... miles of coal cars. Check out both Laramie and Cheyenne for 'rail-history'. You can live on Sherman Pass if you want mtns!! Check out Veedauwoo, it's special ) Vedauwoo Recreation - Wyoming Articles & Tips - Wyoming Travel and Tourism

Or consider a town like Tie Siding, WY (if that is railroad-y enough for you!). I brought them the Denver Post for 7 yrs, (back in the 'very snowy' Dark Ages). It was one of my last stops on an 863 mile newspaper route (not by bicycle, thank goodness !)

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Old 08-23-2009, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Bydand, We're looking for a train that runs through it. I also should have stated that we like mountains, cold weather, and snow. I suppose that really narrows areas down quite a bit, doesn't it? Thanks for your replies so far.
I love riding trains. I lived next to tracks and freight trains literally every hour too long to want to live right next to them. But go to the amtrak site and check the route of the Southwest Chief. It goes across the midsection of the country, through northern Arizona, New Mexico (stops at Ratan, which at least looks like an awesome place, the southern corner of Colorado and into Kansas and reaches Chicago. I WISH I could get to it from here where I live since I don't much like the southern route they use.

But it goes through a lot of small towns and runs daily. You could even hop on board and take trips. If you hunt around a bit you can get the full schedule on the site.
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