Sunday, May 20, 2018
Murder on the Bellevue Express was fantastic. Disregard the (old) negative reviews. The new management has made lots of improvements in food, route of the train, and entertainment. Given the cost of seeing a play, getting a train ride, and eating a pretty good meal (Bottle of wine less than $30) this is a real deal. The new route leaves from Portsmouth and follows the northern coastline of the Narragansett Bay, with views of Prudence Island, Hog Island, and Mt Hope Bay (even for a rainy day, the views were nice:see pics). I'm not not sure why people complained of the food. Ours was great, although we paid extra for the filet mignon and like ours well done. The fried scallops appetizer, and cheesecake desert were delicious. The entertainment is also under new management from the the Marley Bridges Theatre Company of Newport. They made this trip a three hour interactive fantasy with twists and turns that kept you guessing. And I can't say enough about the staff. Carrying food and drinks on a moving train, they were attentive and polite. (After getting home we thought the night was tarnished when my wife discovered she lost her keys. But a staff member actually called us to say they found them, and volunteered to bring them to our house. ) All in all, a very enjoyable experience.