The berkshire scenic railway museum's primary mission is to foster interest in the history of railroading in the berkshire hills of western massachusetts through the provision of safe, educational, and entertaining tourist train rides between lenox and stockbridge. The museum resumed tourist excursion service over 10 miles of track owned by the housatonic railroad in the spring of 2003. During 2005 the museum repainted locomotive 8619 in an adaptation of the new york, new haven and hartford switching locomotive paint scheme. Three passenger cars that match our existing fleet were leased from the commonwealth of massachusetts and were moved to lenox from where they had been stored in holyoke. A 12:15pm departure was added from lenox to lee to offer a shorter 45 minute trip for our youngest riders. Track upgrade work by the housatonic railroad allowed 25 mph operation over much of our trip, this shortened travel time for the stockbridge round trip to 1-1/2 hours. The museum continued to connect with the free trolley operated by the berkshire regional transit authority allowing connections to other berkshire area attractions from the museum's excursion trains.