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 Mountaineer 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.

Notch Premium Upper Dome Seating from Above

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 Mountaineer Train in season, then on the Valley Trains on both ends of the season.

Gertrude Emma (First Class)

The Gertrude Emma is a beautifully, restored 1898 Pullman Parlor Observation Car. She offers 39 individual wicker seats, large windows that open (no A/C), and a snack bar. This car is always on the Valley Train.

Gertrude Emma Seating in Wicker Chairs

Dining Options

Dining Car Chocorua Table with Menus

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 (Mountaineer Train and Twilight 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.

Dining Car Hattie Evans

Rhonda Lee (Mountaineer Train and Twilight Dinner Train)

The Rhonda Lee also has upholstered booths and can sit 24 guest in the Upper Dome and 24 in the Lower Dome.

Coach Seating

The Coach cars on the Valley Train all date back to the 1920s. The Coach cars on the Mountaineer Train were built in 1952. Coach seating on all trains is the traditional bench seats associated with old-fashioned train travel. All Coach cars are naturally climate-controlled with windows that open. Well-behaved dogs are alway welcome in Coach.


Our Coach Café Car, Mt. Webster, has upholstered booths that sit 2 or 4 people.  It houses the Mountaineer Train’s snack bar, which serves hot dogs, sandwiches, snacks, and (non-alcoholic) beverages.  The windows in this car do not open.