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Cabaret Trains

Riding the rails to enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires hills is nothing new—as long ago as the 1880s, trolley cars transported riders on leisurely tours of the hills between North Adams and Great Barrington MA.

Indeed, the Berkshire Hills Trolley, with its mahogany paneling, ornate lamp fixtures, plush carpeting and drapes, was the most elegant trolley car ever built, according to Berkshires historian Joe Hall.

The excursion trolley faded away when automobiles became more plentiful, a fate ultimately followed by most passenger trains, But the lure of a scenic railroad ride has never faded. Since 1984 the Berkshire Scenic Railroad has answered this call, helping to preserve the old trolley and railroad lines in Western Massachusetts and offering excursion trains.

This year, the BSR is sponsoring Friday Night Cabaret Trains. There are two opportunities remaining—August 12th and 26th—to ride the rails while tapping your toes to the music of Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay, who perform musical selections ranging from Broadway, to classic standards and popular tunes.

Patrons are invited to bring their own beverages and snacks to enjoy on the one-hour excursion form North Adams to Adams, and back again.

Tickets are $25 and the train leaves from the train platform at 98 Crowley Ave. in North Adams MA. For more information, contact Jay Green at or visit the link below.