The Berkshire Scenic Railway is a popular attraction in Lenox, Massachusetts. During your stay at Brook Farm Inn, make a visit to the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum to go back in time. Indulge in some regional history as well as a scenic train ride using restored vintage railroad equipment. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization was founded back in 1984 to preserve the history of railroading in The Berkshire Mountains. With interactive exhibits and artifacts, it keeps that history alive. You can explore the museum, Lenox Station, Yokun Block Station, the New Haven Caboose Exhibit, Lee Station, and Stockbridge Station. Here are just a few things you should know about the Berkshire Scenic Railway before making a visit!
Hours & Details
Only open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm from May through October, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is a special treat. Catch it while it’s open and discover a door into the past. Your tour will start at the 1903 Lenox Station, which features exhibits about the history of railroading. You will learn about the railroad’s impact on the community and economy as well as many other historic facts. At the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, you will get to tour the Lenox Station, and view an authentic railroad block station. Then, you’ll get to take a train ride!
Ride the Berkshire Scenic Railway
Then, you will get a ride on the Berkshire Scenic Railway! You will receive a one-hour, narrated round trip aboard the vintage 1955 Budd Rail Diesel Car. After your ride there, you will be close to plenty of fun attractions in Lee, Massachusetts, such as the Norman Rockwell Museum. You can choose to stay or ride back to the station. If you stay, you can also choose to spend the rest of your day hiking in the October Mountain State Forest or come back to Lenox and head to the Tanglewood Music Center.
History of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
The museum first commenced operations in 1984, offering a tourist passenger service between Lee and Great Barrington. Tickets were sold from a card table on the platform. In 1989, however, the mainline tourist service was concluded. A short shuttle was created in its place. A restoration in 1996 made the historic Lenox Station retake its 1903 appearance. Then, in 2003, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum resumed its mainline excursion operations. Tracks were rebuilt, passing sidings constructed, and improved grade crossing protection installed. Now, visitors can experience a true taste of railroading!
After the Berkshire Scenic Railway
After touring the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and learning about the local history of the railroad, come back to Brook Farm Inn. This mountain retreat will provide you the ultimate relaxation you’ve been craving. Enjoy a wonderful prepared breakfast each morning to start off the day right. Then, indulge in our massage studio and charming guest rooms. Settle down for a relaxing evening and good night of sleep before waking up for another day of adventure in The Berkshires. For more to do near Brook Farm Inn, download our free vacation guide!