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Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
Ranked #9 of 24 things to do in Lenox
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Owner description: Travel in restored 1920's passenger cars staffed by our friendly volunteer train crew. Serving the historic western Massachusetts villages of Lenox, Lee, and Stockbridge.
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Give it a try”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

The train is limited as far a travel, but the museum and the staff are great. The staff is willing and able to answer any question posed to them and if they don't have the answer they tell you and then try to find out the answer. This is worth a stop just to see the exhibit in the train car.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank IItravelers
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Brooklyn, New York
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“call and ask if its still a reduced ride to a 2 min ride - 500 yards”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Too far for so little. Call make sure is not the reduced ride of 2 minutes. Too little for sich a pondrive. Such a piety. Because I do love old locomotives.

Visited August 2012
4 Thank B F
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A great stop even without the Polar Express”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stopped at the museum after Tanglewood. I was disappointed to find out that the Polar Express was not running this year. But the stop there was still well worth it. The trip through the yard was short but fun. And we spoke with Walt on the trip and I got a private tour with Bill. I learned alot of history that I was not aware of. Everyone there was very knowledgeable on all aspect of the railroad and railroad life as it was.
Definitely make the Railroad museum a stop on your trip or vacation into the area.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Alan S
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Portland, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“No More Train Rides at BSR”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

If you look on the website you'll be disappointed to see that all train rides have been cancelled for 2012 season becauseThe BSRM does not own or control the tracks over which it operated train rides. Train rides were made possible through an agreement between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the owner of the tracks, the Housatonic Railroad Company of Canaan, CT. The agreement has expired and despite the efforts of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and local community leaders, the owner of the Housatonic Railroad has chosen not to negotiate the renewal of the trackage rights and has stated this decision is final. Therefore, BSRM will not be able to operate any train rides. Too bad because my husband and I went on a ride a few years go and it was nice.

Visited September 2011
5 Thank Lynniepooh
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“Relaxing Railway Ride in the Mountains”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a wonderful relaxing way to have a scenic tour and experience history at the same time. The trains are all real trains from the past that travel twenty miles from Lenox to Stockbridge, leaving and stopping from the original stations. You can purchase a coach pass with no frills, or go 1st class for a little more money, where you receive water and snacks from the costumed guide riding in your car. The guides are all dressed as conductors of the period and narrate the tour with interesting historical facts and local stories. In addition, they act like real conductors, helping you on and off the train, collecting your tickets and seeing to your general welfare. The train engineer, conductors and museum shop personel are all volunteers with the Railway Museum organization; the engineers and train operators are either retired train people or trained to run the trains. Because they operate all of it-the trains, the museum and the research, they are very enthusiastic about the history of railroading and the Berkshires.
The museum is a good way to spend your time while waiting for your train to leave. They have displays in the original station with a gift shop. This is also where you buy your train ticket. Outside they have real cars that you can walk on and see accomodations of the past or view more exhibits.
You can bring a picnic lunch and look at the trains coming and going with the mountains in the background, or you can buy hot dogs and soda from the vendor volunteer. This is a good outing for everyone: couples, families and people, like me, going solo. It is relaxing, but you also can learn alot about the history of railroads.
Check carefully for days and operating hours as the operation is run by volunteers.

Visited September 2011
Thank Cyndy265
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