MassDOT and the Housatonic Railroad today announced the extension of an agreement that will allow the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum to operate scenic rail rides along the Housatonic River for the next two seasons. This agreement is a valuable public private partnership that will continue to promote tourism and boost economic development in the Berkshires.
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is located in the historic Berkshire County town of Lenox. Founded in 1984, it is a non-profit, living museum dedicated to preserving the history of railroading in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Located in the restored 1903 Lenox Station, the museum offers 20 mile, round trip scenic train rides in rail coaches as seen above through the picturesque towns of Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge on an active railroad line that follows the Housatonic River. The museum will open for the 2010 summer season on Saturday, May 29. For more information, visit the museum's website or call 413-637-2210.
Housatonic Railroad is a freight railroad that connects to the national rail system through CSX Transportation at Pittsfield. Housatonic operates approximately 38 miles in Massachusetts. The Berkshire Line passes through Pittsfield, Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Housatonic, Great Barrington and Sheffield.