The Cape Cod Central Railroad offers their Elegant Dinner Train several times a week in-season. On a rainy June evening last year, we were treated to this adventure.
Our train departed from the Hyannis Station. After checking in upon arrival, we waited to be called to our dining car where servers awaited us.
The entire trip is about 3 hours and the food was good. It is a relaxing time as the train meanders through Barnstable and Sandwich then proceeds along the Canal to the Railroad Bridge.
This, of course, is the highlight of the trip, when the bridge is lowered for the train to go over the Cape Cod Canal. We had to wait a bit for it to be lowered as they sought permission to let us pass.
While I didn’t take any photos inside the dining car with its feel of elegant “days gone by”, I did get what I could out the windows going back and forth over the bridge.
The windows weren’t so clean, but I was still able to get some shots.
There are choices on the menu that are to be reserved in advance, reservations are necessary, and proper dress is required. There are multiple options for taking the train (lunch, scenic, etc.), but not all go over the Railroad Bridge.
On the trip through Barnstable and Sandwich, the trip passes through woodlands, and at some locations marshes and dunes were visible. The Cape Cod Central Railroad website has a schedule, information and a map showing the route.
The dining cars are air conditioned, so if you are easily chilled, bring a sweater.
I can’t remember what we ate, but it did come with some edible flowers which we determined were too pretty to eat and must be enjoyed otherwise.
Thanks again, M & S, for a wonderful time!