Massachusetts’s city to test market for dinner train

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FALL RIVER, Mass. – The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry is partnering with Cape Rail Inc. to test the concept of a dinner train running out of Fall River. Cape Rail runs scenic excursions and dining trains on Cape Cod.

The Fall River Dinner Train will run April 12. Depending on its success, the train could become a new addition to the area’s tourist industry. “We have been talking about doing something like this for years,” Robert Mellion, the chamber’s chief executive officer, told South Coast Today.

Cape Rail is bringing a passenger train to the city for the “Hobo Express,” an hour-long excursion operating April 14-19, departing each day at 9:45 a.m. The chamber seized on the train’s availability to contract the railroad for the dinner train event, he said.

The two-hour ride will depart near the Fall River Line Pier at 5 p.m. and head north toward the Myricks/Taunton area, traveling close to the Taunton River for much of the way. A sponsor of the event, Leo’s Ristorante of Bristol, R.I, will cater the train.

Tickets for the event will be $25 and can be purchased at the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce, 200 Pocasset Street, Fall River. For more information, call the chamber at 508-676-8227. For information on the “Hobo Express” go to www.capetrain.com/train-hoboxpress.php.
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