Our warm weather operating season has come to a close as the last leaves of autumn are falling from the trees. We had strong ridership during the foliage season and ran our last Notch Train on Saturday, October 28 along with a Murder Mystery Train to Frankenstein Trestle that same evening. At this point we are running weekend service to Conway only with trips departing at 11:30 and 1:30.
Journey to the North Pole starts the day after Thanksgiving and will run most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec 23. These are evening trains departing at 4:30 and 7 pm. Also starting the day after Thanksgiving we will be operating our Santa’s Holiday Express Trains to Conway at 11:30 and 1:30 with an added 2:45 departure on Saturday, November 25. These trains run through December 23. We will be open daily starting the day after Christmas with two departures at 11:30 and 1:30. Our last day of the 2017 season will be Sunday, December 31.
It’s that time of year when Conway Scenic hosts an end of the summer operating season dinner for our employees and it seems like a good time to review what was accomplished in the previous twelve months. The following is a partial list of what we have been up to:
In more current news you may have heard that the recent wind and rain storm has caused several serious washouts along the Crawford Notch Line. The damage was not as severe as what we received from Tropical Storm Irene a few years back but it is still very significant. No bridges were affected this time around but we have a lot of roadbed to replace and there is a discussion about adding some box culverts to help alleviate a repeat situation. At least the timing was good for this storm as we had operated our last scheduled Notch Trains just two days before the line had to be taken out of service. By the time you read this repairs will be well under way. See our Facebook page for more photos of the damage.
We recently made some big improvements to the area around the Conway Freight House. Our company has acquired some land adjacent to the Freight house on the west side of the track. We took the short siding that had the bumping post out and replaced it with a platform. Trees were removed, grass was planted, a split rail fence was installed and all of a sudden we had a new place to go for our Pumpkin Patch runs! We used a tent for the festivities this year but a more permanent structure is being planned for the future. By the way, we saved the bumping post and will use it in the North Conway Yard at some point. Next time you are in the area, drive by the Conway Freight house – you will be amazed by the change!
As always we thank you for your interest in and support of the Conway Scenic Railroad.
Keep it safe!