Rhode Island Train Rides

The Railroad Nation
Locations
Kingston Newport

There are only two scenic train rides in Rhode Island. Both scenic train rides are located in Newport, the New Port Dinner Train and the Old Colony & Newport Railway.
Did you know?
Rhode Island's first railroad began in 1835 and was the Providence & Worcester, a short segment of the New Haven predecessor Boston & Providence Railroad. The smallest state in America boasts the most trackage with 150-mph passenger-train speeds in the nation. A total of only 16.2 miles of the states 87 total route miles are made up of 3 segments, with the longest being 10 miles. Amtrak still uses right-of way built by the New York, Providence & Boston Railroad in 1837. After the electrification of the New Haven Railroad in 1999, the Rhode Island Amtrak Acela Express now runs the highest speeds in North America.

 


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Kingston

Rhode Island Railroad Museum

Open Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5pm and by appointment.

Newport

Newport Dinner Train

Enjoy an elegant four course dining experience aboard Rhode Island's only moving dinner train. The Newport Dinner Train runs meticulously restored 1940's vintage Budd dining cars traveling over a 22 mile, 2 1/2 hour sentimental journey along scenic Narragansett Bay. Murder Mystery Trains, as well as lunch packages that include a boat cruise of Newport Harbor are also available. Polar Express trains begin running after Thanksgiving.Directions

Old Colony & Newport Railway

Enjoy the ride experience of a once forgotten era aboard the Old Colony & Newport Railway as you travel through the noted Newport RI Naval Base. An 80 minute, scenic 10 mile round trip tour along the East shore of Narragansett Bay with its scenic vistas of ships sailing in the bay, natural rocky beaches and wildlife that have adjoined the railway since 1864. Directions