The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is housed in the restored Lenox Train Station. The station was built in 1903, replacing the 1850 building which burned in 1902. The Lenox Station served the Stockbridge & Pittsfield Railroad until the 1950’s, after which it saw a variety of tenants and uses.
The building was donated to the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in 1986 and has been home to the museum, ticket office, and store ever since.
Visiting the Museum
The Railway Museum offers lots to explore, both inside and out.
The interactive exhibits inside the station detail the history of railroading and its impact on the local community and economy. There are a wealth of historical artifacts and photos, as well as a model train display.
The Railway Museum collection includes several restored, vintage diesel powered locomotives. Some are even in working condition! The collection also includes a variety of passenger cars, freight cars, and other types of rolling stock.
Visitors can inspect a diesel-electric locomotive up close, including a visit to the engine room. You can also learn what it’s like to be a brakeman in a caboose. Visit the Yokun Block Station, modeled after a Housatonic block station from the 1950’s, and see the working vintage railroad communication system.
Perhaps best of all is the Yard Jitney: a vintage diesel-electric locomotive hauling an early 20th century passenger car as the museum shuttle. This unique and fun vehicle tours visitors around the museum’s railroad equipment collection in the rail yard.
Ride the Train
Though the line by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum no longer runs any passenger trains, you can still experience an old fashioned train ride.
The Hoosac Valley Service Train operates between Adams and North Adams, MA. The 50-minute, narrated, round trip travels four miles through the beautiful Hoosac and Greylock mountain ranges on restored and upgraded track.
Prospective passengers will need to drive to Adams Visitor Center at 3 Hoosac Street in Adams, MA to catch the train. This is about a 40 minute drive from the museum and our Berkshires bed and breakfast – but the drive is nice and well worth the extra effort.
Dates and availability for the train vary. Visit the Hoosac Valley Train Ride website for times and tickets.
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
The Railway Museum is located at 10 Willow Creek Road, Lenox, MA, 01240 less than ten minutes from Applegate Inn!