Every October after the end of a busy season, our Mississippi-style riverboat, the Becky Thatcher, is prepared to hibernate for the long New-England winter. The Becky is wrapped in a large, white cover that not only protects her from snow/ice damage but it allows our staff to work on her over the winter under protection from the bitter col... Read more
The word “caboose” is of Dutch origin and means the “galley of a ship.” More modern terms for the caboose evolved: crummy, cabin, hack. Why these terms were applied to a railroad car is uncertain, but entertaining!
The need for the caboose was first as an office for the conductor who was responsible for the train and the routing of the c... Read more
Steam locomotives consume large volumes of water. Traditionally, the engine water was replenished during station stops, but if the locomotive was running long distances on a tight timetable, the requirement to add water was a huge limitation.
To improve efficiency and speed up the schedule by reducing the number of times required for a steam loc... Read more
A special outing for the special women in our lives. Treat Mom to a memorable Steam Train and Riverboat ride – celebrate a picture-perfect day on our vintage rail cars and riverboat. The day is complete with a complimentary potted Marigold plant for Mom to enjoy all summer long! Looking for an elegant dinner option? We have you covered — n... Read more