LINCOLN, NH – The Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, with locations in Lincoln, Meredith & Weirs Beach, NH, recently announced they were pleased to welcome guests from across the globe on their Fall Foliage trains this past September and October. Greeting global travelers from across the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe and beyond became the norm this year as all three of the Railroad’s locations saw record-setting attendance numbers.

In business since 1987, the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH has always worked with Group Tour Operators across the Northeast to augment their ever-increasing tourism traffic. When the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad with locations in Meredith & Weirs Beach was added to the company in the mid 1990’s, rail access was expanded from fifteen miles to just over fifty-four miles - from Tilton to Lincoln, NH. Given the additional access, it made perfect sense to add these newly acquired lakeside locations to the list of offerings already being presented to the Tour Operators the Railroad was currently working with.

As a result, from mid-May through early November each year the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad welcomes groups of all ages, cultures and nationalities to enjoy the hospitality and sights that New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and White Mountains have to offer. As relationships with Tour Operators have grown and new product offerings have been developed by the Railroad, the Group Tour market has continued to flourish.

As a result, this past Fall the Railroad saw a significant increase in passenger traffic from Tour Operators as well as from the general public. Many of this year’s Group Tour bookings with the Railroad were sold out 6-8 months in advance and additional dates were added to the Railroad’s already busy schedule to accommodate the increased demand from not only Tour Operators, but from the vacationing public.

Examples of excursions currently offered to Tour Groups as well as the public by the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad include:

  • The 6-hour Rail & Sail package which includes a 2-hour train ride aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, a 2 ½ hour cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the M/S Mt. Washington cruise ship and time to enjoy the shops, restaurants and arcades at Weirs Beach.

  • Group tours enjoy 2-hour Turkey Dinner Trains catered by Hart’s Turkey Farm which travel from Meredith through Weirs Beach to Lakeport, NH and back as many as three to four times each day throughout the Fall. Guests are treated to complete Thanksgiving-style turkey dinners aboard the train while taking in the sights of Lake Winnipesaukee.

  • Four-hour Fall Foliage Specials the travel from Meredith to the Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth, NH where guests are treated to a hot buffet lunch before enjoying a guided tour of the 1869 Ashland, NH Railroad Station on their way back to Meredith. These excursions depart Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the Fall Foliage season at 11am and return just after 3pm.

  • One and two-hour old-fashioned train rides that travel along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, from Meredith or Weirs Beach to Lakeport, NH and back.

  • In addition to excursions departing Meredith and Weirs Beach, relaxing 80-minute Fall Foliage trains depart several times a day from the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln as well. These trains travel along the Pemigewasset River south to Woodstock, NH and back. Throughout the Fall season guests not only enjoy the Autumn colors as they ride the rails, they’re also treated to a display of life-sized themed scarecrows, a variety of family-oriented games and an antique tractor display at Hobo Junction Station as part of the month-long Hobo Harvest Time Express Fall Celebration.

Throughout this past September & October, it was common for the Railroad to welcome 60 or more buses a week between their Meredith station located at 154 Main Street in Meredith, NH and the Hobo Railroad’s station located at 64 Railroad Street in Lincoln, NH – not to mention those who came on their own from across the globe to enjoy the magical change of color that takes place every Autumn in the Granite State from the comfort of restored vintage rail cars riding on rail that dates back to the 1860’s.

As the 2019 season begins to wind down, the owners of the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad are encouraged by the amount of early reservations they have on the books for 2020 and beyond. With next year’s Fall Foliage season less than a year away, hundreds of dates have not only been reserved, but many dates have already been sold out and more dates will need to be added – the cycle continues.

For more information regarding the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, their annual Fall Foliage offerings or their extensive list of special events for 2020, visit www.HoboRR.com or call (603) 745-2135.