April 2017

In preparation for this month’s opening, we recently ran the big snow plow through to Bartlett.  There was so much snow remaining on the line this year that we had to run the line twice to get Bartlett open.  On the first day, we ran #573 by itself from North Conway to Rolling Ridge Road […]

March 2017

We had so much snow in the North Conway area in early February that we thought it would be prudent to shovel the snow load off of the overhangs of the station at North Conway. We also had to remove snow that was about three feet deep from the turntable deck. The station overhangs were […]

February 2017

We had a great time at the Amherst Railway Society’s big Railroad & Hobby show during the last weekend of January. Attendance was 19,541 this year, down a bit from other years but still plenty of people to say hello to!  We were selling the HO version of our RDC-1 the Millie, and we took […]

January 2017

The New Year has arrived and we are well into the planning process for the upcoming season. We will be hosting a number of events this year which include extra service on the 4th of July and the return of “A Day Out with Thomas” on the last two weekends in July.  We are planning […]

December 2016

Once again the Holiday Season has rolled around, and we are running our “Santa’s Holiday Express” trains, as well as supplying equipment and personnel for the “Journey to the North Pole” trains.  Ridership on the Santa trains has been exceptionally strong, and we have found it necessary to add cars to the train to accommodate […]

November 2016

The busy operating season has come to a close just in time for us to catch a breath! We are currently operating weekend service only until Christmas vacation week. This includes service on the day after Thanksgiving. In addition we will be operating “Journey to the North Pole” trains; these run mostly Friday, Saturday and […]

October 2016

It’s been busy for the last week or so!  We have been running six-car trains in the Valley and nine-car trains in the Notch.  Those combined fifteen cars make up our entire serviceable fleet with the exception of the Budd Car.  GP9 #1751 has been doing the honors on the Valley train and GP35 #216 […]

September 2016

I took the liberty of skipping the August Wheel report, but I am glad to be back with you now.  We had a good “Day out with Thomas” event in July, and while the attendance numbers were not quite as good as the previous year, the kids had a wonderful time riding behind Thomas and […]

July 2016

It’s JULY and that means that we are currently gearing up for our visit with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his good friend Percy (the Tank Engine). We will be celebrating this event the last two weekends of this month:  July 22, 23, 24 & 29, 30, 31.  Bring the kids and the grandkids over […]

June 2016

We are just about to begin our full summer schedule of trains here at Conway Scenic Railroad.  The Notch Train will be running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays as it has in the past and the Valley Train will be operating 7 days a week with 3 departures to Conway and 2 to Bartlett […]

May 2016

We have been open now for the past three weekends, and business has been good. GP7 #573 has been doing the honors and is running well.  There has been extremely high fire danger in our area so we have been running with our custom-made spark arrestors on, and the crews have been keeping a sharp […]

April 2016

As I write this, we have a yard job working in North Conway with locomotive #1751 out doing some switching. We are working on our annual passenger car maintenance, and it was necessary to move some cars around.  It sure is nice to hear traffic on the radio and see movement in the yard!

We’re sad […]

March 2016

The railroad lost two of our own last month. Don Derse was a ticket agent for us for about five years after he retired from spending 25 years in the Mt. Washington Valley as a doctor.  His obituary mentions that he had always wanted to work at the train station, and we are so glad […]

February 2016

Thanks to El Niño, we have had a mild winter so far this year. It’s very unusual to be able to see bare ground around this neck of the woods this time of the year, but never-the-less there it is.

We have just returned from our annual trek to West Springfield, MA, where we attended the […]

January 2016

As we were ending our 2015 operating season, we finally got a few inches of snow (just in time for Covered Wagon in the Snow), and then it turned really cold, down to around zero degrees. I was grateful for the good weather that made for an easy December operation this year, and now I’m […]

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