The Notch Train is operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays through August.
ON THE NOTCH TRAIN, you’ll travel on what was once the Maine Central Railroad’s famed Mountain Division line, on tracks that were laid in the 1870s. Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas, across Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge – enroute to Crawford and Fabyan stations.
As you travel through this rugged terrain, you can begin to appreciate what a remarkable engineering achievement constructing this railroad was over 140 years ago. Live commentary onboard includes history and folklore of the railroad and area, as well as points of interest.
Included in the excursion is a layover at Crawford Station, across from Saco Lake (a small pond from which the mighty Saco River originates), and adjacent to the AMC’s Highland Center. Passengers are encouraged to get off the train, stretch their legs, and explore their beautiful surroundings. AMC staff will be available for a short nature walk or talk, which will take about 15 minutes. Topics include Wildflower ID, Solar Observation, or History of the Notch.
Coach seating and climate controlled First Class seating are available aboard the Notch Train. First Class options are the CP Reed or the Dome Car, Dorthea Mae, both originally built in the mid-fifties for transcontinental service in Canada and the United States, respectively. There are a total of 44 seats in the Dome Car: 24 in the Lower Dome, which is First Class seating, and 20 in the Dome itself, which is Premium seating.
For your dining pleasure, we offer a Notch Train First Class Package: First Class seating with beverage service and snacks and a 3-course luncheon aboard our beautifu dining car, the Hattie Evans. Lunch on the Hattie is limited to those who have purchased the First Class Package.
The onboard snack bar offers a limited selection of individually priced sandwiches, snacks, and beverages for purchase. Box lunches are available if pre-ordered with your reservation.
Please note: Passengers on the Notch Train will be asked to change seats with the passengers sitting across the aisle from them. This exchange will be made on the return trip to North Conway so that all passengers can enjoy the best views that this excursion offers.