Opening day is less than six weeks away, and we are all looking forward to being up and running again!

The roundhouse crew has just completed work on GP38 #252, and it is now out of stall one.  #252 had a complete 92-day inspection done, and her one year air brake items were attended to.  We also did what I call a ‘deep cleaning’ where we went through the unit, cleaning up oil and grease deposits.  We also cleaned the compartments under the cab floor and inside the nose of the unit where we removed accumulated trash and other souvenirs that had been there for quite some time.  One of the last things we did was to start #252 so we could complete the testing of certain items, and then we load tested it with a short run down the hill and back.  At the same time, we had #573 running because she was coming in the house next.  So for a few short hours, the air was alive with the reverberations of EMD 645E and 567C diesel engines.  This was most unusual for a day in February in North Conway, but to hear those two units running side by side for a while was rather satisfactory, I must say!

While we were swapping the power around in stall one of the roundhouse, we also took GERTRUDE EMMA out of stall two and replaced it with the CARROLL P REED.  GERTRUDE EMMA is resplendent in her newly refreshed gold lettering and stripes.  The end sill work and work on the buffer plate came out very nicely as did the work on her roof and window sashes.  GERTRUDE EMMA is ready for another seasons work in the Mount Washington Valley.  CARROLL P REED will be receiving a new STADCO generator along with substantial electrical upgrades.  This new generator along with the other two already in service on the Notch Train will give us plenty of electrical power to supply the needs of the Dinning Car HATTIE EVANS and Vista Dome DORTHEA MAE.  Both the dome car and the dining car can create substantial demand for electrical power and, with this new generator coming online, we will have additional capacity and back-up capability that we have not had in the past.

We have just ‘gone live’ with our new website and, while the old one was pretty good, we know that it’s important to keep up with the times.  Our research shows that a substantial (and rapidly growing) portion of visitors to our site now reach us by mobile devices.  The new website is designed to be easily readable on a small screen and thus more user-friendly.  In the process of creating the new site, a ‘calendar’ format was chosen so that now you can click on the particular day that you are interested in visiting us and all of the trains for that particular day will be displayed.  Of course you can still buy tickets on the site.  The Whistles and Horns section has been updated to include the sounds of all of our active locomotives and the RDC, and you can still access the WHEEL REPORT through a link at the bottom of the page.  You can also download our brochure and the newly edited ‘Walking Tour’ on the site.

I have spent a lot of my time recently working on crew schedules for the coming season.  Good people are a large part of what make us who we are!  I think it’s going to be great season.  Come and visit us!

Thank you for your interest in and support of the Conway Scenic Railroad.  Keep it SAFE!

Paul Hallett