Jim Wrinn

By Jim Wrinn

Guest columnist Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains magazine, looks at the variety of special departures offered by scenic railroads. Groups can choose from such seasonal options as Halloween-themed trips, Christmas outings and excursions that showcase fall colors. The secret for securing space on these popular runs is to book your group well in advance.

Some trains, like Idaho’s Thunder Mountain Line, offer murder mysteries. Utah’s Heber Valley Railroad will take you to the 2002 Winter Olympics venue, where you can go snow tubing. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in North Carolina offers a chance to ride the train one way and raft the Nantahala River the other.