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Old Colony Railroad Announces Next Leg of Special Train Excursion

The second of three Middletown departures will be held on Aug. 14.

The has announced that it will run the second of three special scenic trains to the north end of Aquidneck Island on Sunday, Aug. 14. The first special train run on July 24, they say, proved immensely popular, with the train nearly selling out.

The excursions, according to a release, give the public a chance to enjoy trackside views of a part of the famed summer resort island not normally seen by residents or visitors.

The trip is 2 ½ hours in total and departs from Middletown rather than the railway’s depot in Newport. Passengers will board adjacent to the intersection of Burma Road and Greene Lane at 4 p.m.

The train will feature a narrated theme related to places and events along the railroad line and focus on the restored marsh at Town Pond in Portsmouth.

The special train is in addition to the two trips the Old Colony normally runs on Sundays, which depart at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. from the Railway’s depot on America’s Cup Avenue in Newport.

Coach tickets for the special north end trip will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60 and older), and $5 for children (under 14). First Class Parlor Car tickets will be $15 per seat regardless of age, though
these seats will be limited to riders over the age of 7. The Old Colony will offer the same discounts for military personnel and AAA members that it offers on its regular tour trips out of Newport. Tickets may be purchased from agents at Green Lane prior to departure or on board the train. Reservations can
be made at (401) 624-6951.

The third and final run of this special excursion will be on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Additional information about the Old Colony & Newport Railway can be found on their website or by calling 401-624-6951.

Chuck Flippo May 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The Old Colony appreciates you noting our narrated tour rides in this story, but we need to point out that this article is from last year (2011) so the dates and prices are not current. We will offer scenic north end excursions in addition to our regular Sunday rides out of Newport, with the first north end run on July 1. Please visit www.ocnrr.com for a current schedule and pricing. The new prices include the State sales tax that was placed on tour rides late last year.

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