About Us

Owners Lance Burak and Leslie Holloway invite you to escape the ordinary and relive the romance of dining on the rails. Experience this while riding in one of three beautifully restored Pullman dining cars, enjoying five courses of fine food and spirits served to you in the Grand European manner. With salad greens, herbs and edible flowers fresh from our gardens: always fresh meats, poultry, seafood and homemade rolls through dessert, you are guaranteed the unusual and the delicious. As dinner is served, period music keeps time with the rail's rhythmic rumbling, punctuated by the haunting wail of the engine's whistle. With magnificent mountain vistas and lush New England forests surrounding The Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, you are assured of having the best seat in the house, all evening long. After dinner, with the compartment lights down low and the dramatic sunset outside your window, you may allow yourself a wistful romantic journey back in time, and you might wish the evening would never end.

The Experience

From the moment you arrive, you will be swept into an era of the past, experiencing new excitement or the reliving of childhood memories. This two-hour, 20 mile round trip will take you on a spur of the historic Boston and Maine Railroad laid in the late 1800's to serve the historic "Grand" Hotels of the region.

The popular 1952 Pullman Planetarium car, the Granite Eagle, is an unusual tri-level car with an upper observation dome that also has windows fore and aft, giving the diner views forwards and back while the car is underway. There are also two coach-level sections, and a sunken lounge. This car was the very first DOME car to enter New Hampshire when brought from Kansas by rail in the winter of 1995. The Algonquin 1953 X-CNR Cafe coach, with its spacious and open interior is perfect for private parties, weddings, corporate outings and busgroups. The older car, the Indian Waters, is an exquisite 1924 Pullman-Standard Victorian Coach, filled with brass, stained glass and deeply aged woods.

These three unique dining cars will offer spectacular views of the picturesque Pemigewasset River with its surrounding fields and forests. In the spring and summer keep your eyes peeled for moose, deer and bear while waving to the canoeists and kayakers floating lazily down the river. Observe the spectacular foliage right outside your window in the fall. 6000 watts of halogen flood lights illuminate the outside scenery for excellent nighttime viewing all year long. We travel rain, sleet or shine.