First Class & Premium vs. Coach Seating
First Class & Premium
Lower Dome (First Class)
The Lower Dome of our Dome Car Dorthea Mae offers 24 reclining seats in a climate-controlled car. It’s always on the Notch Train in season, then on the Valley Trains from late November till the end of our season, then again on weekends in May. The First Class cars all offer more leg room than Coach.
Upper Dome (Premium)
The Upper Dome of the Dorthea Mae is also climate-controlled. It’s considered to be Premium Seating and has its own rates, coded under “Dome” in reservations. It offers 24 non-reclining seats with panoramic views in all directions. The Upper Dome sells out well in advance, months ahead of time for fall foliage excursions, so please plan accordingly.
Screening Room (Premium)
The Screening Room is located on the lower level of the Dorthea Mae dome car. It has 8 plush swivel chairs that rotate and is perfect for a small group of family or friends. The chairs all face large windows. Its wide screen TV streams live video from the top of the car.
CP Reed (First Class)
The CP Reed offers 68 reclining seats and is a climate-controlled car. As with the Dorthea Mae, it’s on the Notch Train in season, then on the Valley Trains on both ends of the season.
Chocorua (Valley Train only)
The Chocorua is a 1929 Pullman car that was restored and upgraded to a dining car by Conway Scenic Railroad. It’s in service on our Conway and Bartlett Valley Trains from early June through October.
Hattie Evans (Notch Train and Dinner Train)
The Hattie Evans has 12 upholstered booths that can seat 4 people each. It was built by the Pullman Standard company in 1949 and served on various railroads before it came to Conway Scenic, where it was restored and upgraded. It is climate controlled and offers an array of beers, wine, and assorted drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Rhonda Lee (Notch Train and Dinner Train)
The Rhonda Lee also has upholstered booths and can sit 24 guest in the Upper Dome and 24 in the Lower Dome.
Our Coach Café Car, Mt. Webster, has upholstered booths that sit 2 or 4 people. It houses the Notch Train’s snack bar, which serves hot dogs, sandwiches, snacks, and (non-alcoholic) beverages. The windows in this car do not open.
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