July 3, 2014, was the 87th anniversary of the explosion of Maine Central locomotive #505. The locomotive was being used as a mid-train helper on a westbound move up through Crawford Notch. The engineer that day was Robert B. Morse and his fireman was Oscar W. Clemons. Both men died as a result of the […]
We are moving rapidly toward full season now with just a couple of weeks to go before we begin regular service to the Notch. We have already operated our first train to Crawford Station which was a charter for a Canadian tour group. This means that we had to have the Crawford Notch Line between […]
We managed to get both the Bartlett and the Conway lines open in time for our opening day which was April 12 this year, but it was a struggle. We called upon the services of the Bartlett Snowmobile club and asked them to use their groomer to open the line between Albany Ave in Bartlett […]
We are eagerly looking forward to opening day which is rapidly approaching! Over at the Roundhouse, the very last work on the new concrete floor has just taken place, and we are calling that project complete. It really is a different building now, kind of like going from a barn with a dirt floor to […]
We are having a real old fashioned New England winter this year, just like I remember when I was a kid! It’s been very cold with the temperatures down below zero many nights with lots of snow and ice. It’s not the kind of weather you want for taking a scenic train ride. It is, […]
We started off the New Year right with our seventh annual Steam in the Snow excursion that ran to Notchland on Saturday, January 4th. There were well over 300 fans aboard for the five hour trip which was sponsored by the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts. Temperatures were frigid on the night before the trip and […]
It hardly seems possible that December is here again already! At this writing we have already operated several “Santa’s Holiday Express” and “Polar Express™” trains for good-sized crowds with more to come right through the end of the month.
Over at the Roundhouse, we are engaged in a big project! The original 1874 Roundhouse floor, constructed […]
The fall foliage season has come to a close, and it was a good one this year with many eight car trains filled with passengers leaving the station for a ride through Crawford Notch and beyond to Fabyans. We have dropped back now to weekend service only, where the 11:30 train to Bartlett and the […]
Ridership was off to a bit of a slow start in September this year, but with the turning of the leaves into vibrant reds, yellows and oranges, business has really picked up. We have recently been running 8 cars on the Notch Train and 6 cars on the Valley Train. I always like this time […]
We have begun to experience some cool nights here in the mountains which can only mean that Fall is on the way, and with Fall comes foliage and our busiest time of the year.
Our track crew has been working hard over the course of the summer. They have just completed the work of rebuilding the […]
Thomas the Tank Engine has come and gone now until next year. We ran 54 round trip trains with our little blue friend over the course of two weekends, and a good time was had by all!
We have settled in to our regular schedule of trains. We offer at least 5 departures every day with […]
THOMAS is here! He arrived on a tractor trailer during the last week of June and is currently resting up in the Roundhouse for the work he has to do, pulling our July Thomas trains.
Our regular Valley Train engine, GP7 #573, took a break from working the train during the last week of June so […]
We recently made up the summer Valley Train, which is to say that the Notch Train cars are now off the train and the Valley red cars are on. We just finished up some work on open car #1557 including roof work and touch up painting which allowed us to put it in the consist […]
As I write this, Hy-Rail truck #204 has just traveled through the Gateway in Crawford Notch headed west to the end of our line at Hazen in Whitefield, NH. This is the very first move of the year west of Bartlett, and they have been cutting fallen trees and removing boulders from the tracks as […]
We are just about ready to start the 2013 operating season!
GP7 #573 has just come out of the shop after receiving four new power assemblies and a new oil pump. In addition, the locomotive had a 92-day FRA inspection and had her annual air brake maintenance done. Also while she was in the shop, we […]