2002 to 2008
In 2003, passenger service returned to the region with the start-up of the Wilton Scenic Railroad, which traveled between Wilton and Greenfield. The scenic train ran weekends and select days during the week depending on the season using two Budd RDCs originally from BC Rail in western Canada.
The train departed from downtown Wilton in the shadows of the old Wilton Station behind the Wilton post office and allowed visitors to witness the beauty of the Monadnock region, especially during the fall. Briefly the scenic train stopped in the center of Greenfield until track work and trimming were completed to the state park. By mid-summer the railroad reached Greenfield State Park, which back in the 1800s was also a stop for trains that brought people from around the region to the fair at what is today Oak Park. In the last year of its operation, the Wilton Scenic's journey was extended out to Spring Pond Farm at Muzzy Hill Road where visitors aboard the train could admire the alpacas at the farm.
Unfortunately the owner passed away prior to the 2006 season and scenic train rides were not continued. The two Budd cars were eventually sold and moved down to Newport, Rhode Island in 2007. They are owned and operated by the Newport Dinner Train and are used for the Islander Touring Train. If you're down in the Newport area, take a ride on these cars and enjoy the views of the Narragansett Bay.
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