Santa’s Holiday Express is running weekends through December 22nd plus Monday the 23rd. We have two departures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving weekend: 11:30 to Bartlett (1 3/4 hrs), 1:30 to Conway (55 minutes), and a 3:00 p.m. train on Saturday only. Santa is on board with his mischievous elves, who will share their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone!
ON THE VALLEY TRAIN, you’ll enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars (most from the 1920s) from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again. Children under 4 ride FREE in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcomed at Conway Scenic Railroad!
Spacious first class seating aboard the beautifully restored Pullman Parlor-Observation Car Gertrude Emma is offered on all Valley Train departures. Built in 1898 for use on the “Pennsylvania Limited,” the Gertrude Emma has been restored to its original splendor with individual wicker chairs, large double-wide windows, rich mahogany woodwork, its own snack bar, and open observation platform.
Please note: Vintage diesel electric locomotives power most of our excursions. However, during midweek in May and the last week in October, excursions are on our Budd Rail Diesel Car, which is a self-propelled, diesel-hydraulic rail passenger car. If motive power is important to you, we recommend calling ahead with questions. All excursions are round-trip.
The 11-mile, 55-minute roundtrip Conway excursion is ideal for visitors wanting a shorter train ride, especially those with young children. On this excursion, you’ll travel south past the Moat Mountain Range and parallel Route 16 before passing through farmlands and crossing Moat Brook, the Saco and Swift Rivers on the way to Conway. Here, you can watch the powerful locomotive “run around” the train in preparation of the return trip.