As I write this, we are assembling the normal train consists, meaning that the red cars are now on the Valley Train and the green cars are being made up into the Notch Train. This also involves turning the CP REED around on the turntable so that there will be a set of vestibule doors between the REED and the HATTIE EVANS. When we run the REED on the Valley, it has to be turned the opposite way from when on the Notch Train so that we can plug it (and the train) into ground power at night.
For those of you who have been wondering why we have been running 1751 so far this season, the answer is that we are earning some additional out-of-service time on the 573. We have eight months of time available before 573 is due for ‘two year air’ work. The FRA allows railroads to save time out of service each time a locomotive remains unused for a period of at least 30 days. Utilizing this out of service time will permit us to do the two year air work during the off season instead of having to squeeze it in while we are running.
The North Conway station has a new look for a couple of reasons now. First, Pete Davis repainted the face of the clock that faces Schouler Park, giving it a nice fresh look. Second, the town of Conway just repaved Norcross Circle, and in the process we asked them to remove the granite paving stones that have long been on the street side of the station. While I hated to see the pavers go, it was really a safety issue as they had become so uneven that they presented a tripping hazard to those visiting the Station. They have been replaced by new blacktop.
Another project in the works at the station is the installation of underground utility service. As part of the repaving project, new conduit was installed under the road to a new vault located adjacent to the boarding platform. As soon as we install conduit from the vault to the building, we will be able to retire, then remove, the existing utility pole and overhead service. Much credit is due to our senior management for continuously making major improvements and reinvesting in this historic property!
Dining service begins on June 5th, and the Notch Train starts running on June 16th on the traditional Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday schedule. Thomas and Percy will be here in July! We are also offering special train service from Conway to North Conway & return for people who want to attend the festivities and fireworks display on July 4th. The return train will consist of about 13 cars and two locomotives and will be departing North Conway at approximately 10:15 p.m. This will be a good way to avoid the traditional traffic jam when leaving North Conway headed south. Parking will be available at our lot in Conway and at the Ham Arena.
Thank you for your support of and interest in Conway Scenic Railroad.
Keep it Safe.