Cape Cod Central greatly expanding offerings for this year
Alliance with Edaville Railroad brings marketing opportunities
The alliance between Cape Rail Inc. and Edaville Railroad, now entering its first full year, will yield an expanded schedule for the Cape Cod Central Railroad, which will include the ever popular dinner trains as well as several firsts for the venerable scenic railway.
Brenda Johnson, General Manager at Edaville Railroad in Carver, owned by Jon Delli Priscoli, now CEO of Cape Rail, Inc., was named GM of Cape Cod Central as well effective Jan. 1. Having worked at Edaville in some capacity since 1974, and for six years at Cape Cod Central during the 1990’s, Johnson has an abundance of experience in the tourist rail area. She has put together an ambitious schedule of events for the railroad this coming season.
“We want to emphasize the charm of railroads while entertaining and educating our guests,” Johnson said. “While Edaville and Cape Cod Central are two distinct companies, there are a lot of opportunities for cross marketing.”
Back by popular demand, patrons may ride the rails to the Bourne Scallop Festival and various Sunday Brunch Excursions, including a Mother’s Day Brunch. Expanding on the success of the romantic dinner trains, for which the Cape Cod Central is known, this year’s schedule will also feature several exciting murder mystery dinner trains and five distinct gourmet wine tasting trains. There will also be an expanded schedule of scenic trains, which will include a whistle stop where patrons can get round trip bus transportation to the historic Heritage Plantation or the Boardwalk in Sandwich.
New family entertainment opportunities include the Easter Bunny Train, featuring a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, the Berenstain Bears Train, the Curious George Train and the ever popular Polar Express, the latter three of which have all been big hits at Edaville in the past.
Christopher Podgurski, President of Cape Rail, Inc., the parent company of the Cape Cod Central and Massachusetts Coastal railroads, said these are the kind of opportunities he envisioned when Cape Rail decided last year to forge an operating agreement with Delli Priscoli, who also owns the Grafton and Upton Railroad in Central Massachusetts.
“I knew this kind of cross marketing would be the key to revitalizing the Cape Cod Central,” Podgurski said. “We can now realize its full potential as a vehicle for top notch, affordable family entertainment.”
“Our companies are a great fit for each other,” Delli Priscoli said. “Combining the expertise and rolling stock of our operations will mean great things for both companies and for our customers.”
This year will also see the revival of the Cape Cod Central’s New Year’s Eve Gala train, so riders can ring in the New Year in an elegant yesteryear style. For the full schedule, call 508-771-3800 or log on to