All aboard for summer! For many U.S. scenic and historic railroads Memorial Day Weekend is when the busy summer season officially begins. It's also a time when tourist railroads join all Americans in taking time to honor U.S. soldiers lost in liberty's defense. To commemorate Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, May 26th - Monday, May 29th), many scenic and historic tourist railroads will be hosting special train rides and events.
Several of this year's Memorial Day Weekend rail events stand out.
"Veterans are encouraged to wear whatever parts of their uniforms... still fit," New York State's Coopersville & Marne Railway
advises in the online invitation to ride its free Veterans Troop Train. The weekend-long Civil War Battles and Encampment at California's Roaring Camp Railroads
will include steam engine rides and a barbeque. Utah's Heber Valley Railroad
celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with a Wild West Days train ride plus gunfights, mustache painting and a cowboy camp.
Many tourist railroads celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with free and discounted rides for active and former military personnel. Among them are New Hampshire's Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads
, Michigan's Little River Railroad
, Ohio's Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
, and Washington State's Northwest Railway Museum
For railroads opening the last weekend in May, Memorial Day adds a special way to kick off the summer season. Opening weekend events are scheduled for Massachusett's CapeFLYER train
train to Cape Cod and Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad
. To launch its 2017 season, the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
will hold simultaneous events at its New Mexico and Colorado depots!
Memorial Day Weekend train rides are scheduled to run at dozens of tourist railways across the country. To find more, check out the complete TrainTraveling.com guide to U.S. Tourist Trains