Each year, Conway Scenic hosts an end of the summer season get-together for employees of the railroad, and it’s a good time to review what has been accomplished in the last 12 months. I thought I would share some of these accomplishments with readers of the Wheel Report so, here follows, in no particular order, some of the things we have been up to at Conway Scenic Railroad:
Contractors and Shop Crew completed installation of a new concrete floor in stalls 1 & 2 of the Roundhouse, and a new inspection pit in stall #1 with radiant heating throughout. This is huge!
The Shop Crew completed refurbishing our new table car #6749 the Mount Webster enabling us to run the first ever, nine car trains in Crawford Notch. This car proved to be very popular with the many tour groups booked by Sandy Janvrin as they enjoyed their box lunches in comfort and style.
Shop Crew repaired one end of RDC 23 where the Bondo had cracked and was looking very unsightly. The end of the RDC was repainted and a new vinyl logo was applied.
We ran a steam trip for Mass Bay RRE on May 31st out to Notchland and back and included a trip to Redstone. We stopped at Pudding Pond for what I thought was a really nice and very rare photo opportunity. There is a beautiful B&W photo that was taken that day at Pudding Pond hanging in the Station waiting room – see if you can find it!
Before we could run the train down to Redstone, we had to lower the water level in Pudding Pond. It was threatening to cover the rails in one location. With the help of Graham Barber, we were able to build a “beaver deceiver” to lower the water to an acceptable level there.
We received a six months extension from the FRA to operate #7470, so we ran it for 5 days in August to help celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. #7470 was Conway Scenic’s very first locomotive! We also ran it on Railfans’ Weekend and then again for Columbus Day Weekend. 7470 is scheduled to run one more time for the 8th Annual ‘Steam in the Snow’ Train sponsored by the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts on January 3 of the coming year. Even though it’s in 2015, January 3 will be the last day of the 2014 operating season. After this trip, we are estimating that 7470 will be out of service for about 2 years while it receives new boiler tubes and a federally mandated boiler inspection.
Cory Fothergill repainted and applied new vinyl lettering that was supplied by Jimmy Abbott to one of our ballast cars, and it looks awesome!
Billy Lee spent a lot of time repainting Mile Posts and bridge markers along the line, and Pete Davis repainted many switch stands and switch targets along with several derails too. Taking care of these small details really make our property stand out as something special.
We repaved the railroad crossing at the entrance to our parking lot. A little thing, but it makes a much better first impression to our customers than what was there before.
Between our own track crew and contractor Maine Track Maintenance Company, over 1000 ties were installed in the railroad this year with the lion’s share being put in between Crawford Depot & Fabyan’s.
OF COURSE we did many more things in the past year than I have recounted here!
All of us here at Conway Scenic thank you, our passengers, for coming to ride the railroad and for supporting us with your ticket purchases. We couldn’t do it without you!
Keep it Safe,