Founded in 1984, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum has grown from its humble beginnings to become a premier destination in the Berkshires. Named in 2008 by the Boston Globe as one of the "Top 10 Railroad Museums in New England", the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated the mission to preserve railroad history and artifacts; to collect and maintain historical data pertaining to the historical significance of the railroad; and to maintain a museum for display of railroad artifacts from the Berkshire Hills region of Western Massachusetts that is open and accessible to the public.
The museum offers fun and educational train rides using restored vintage railroad equipment. We also feature interactive exhibits and a repository of documents and artifacts relating to the history of railroading and its associated customer industries in the region. Revenue earned through the operation of tourist train rides has always been the BSRM's primary source of revenue to execute its mission. Additional funding sources include memberships, grants and donations.
Lenox Station & the Berkshire Line
Prior to the acquisition of Lenox Station in 1986, BSRM operated from the old Lee train yard. With restoration complete in the late 1990's, Lenox Station now serves as the heart of the BSRM and our corporate headquarters. Our Lenox complex features the majority of our equipment collection, exhibits and a restoration shop/warehouse. Traditional train rides operated from Lenox to Stockbridge from 2003 until 2011 when trackage rights were terminated on the Berkshire Line for the second time in 20 years. Lenox Station and grounds are generally open for public visitation on Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Hoosac Valley Train Ride
Following the cessation of traditional train rides in Lenox, BSRM dusted off an almost 30 year-old plan to bring train rides to the Hoosac Valley in Northern Berkshire County. The expansion plans were announced in 2013 with project partners from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, City of North Adams and Town of Adams. The project included rebuilding 4 miles of branch line track, the installation of one mile of track and building all new support infrastructure. Train rides began in 2016 from North Adams and now depart from Adams for one-hour round trip journey from a new high level platform built in 2018.