Charters at Conway Scenic Railroad
We offer visiting groups itinerary flexibility through special charters of our Budd Rail Diesel Car, the Millie, which is a self-propelled, diesel-hydraulic rail passenger car that can be booked for times outside our regularly scheduled departures. We require a minimum of 25 paid passengers for this charter. (Please note: during the first three weeks of May, midweek, and the last week of October, Monday – Thursday, the Millie provides our regularly-scheduled passenger service. This is open to the public, and no minimum group size is required.)
Between 1949 and 1962, three hundred and ninety-eight Budd Rail Diesel Cars, (commonly referred to as RDCs), were built by the Budd Company of Philadelphia, PA. These cars were a familiar site in rural areas like the Mt. Washington Valley, with its low traffic density, because they were less expensive to operate than a traditional locomotive-drawn train. The cars could be used singly or several coupled together in train sets and controlled from the cab of the front unit. The car seats 88 people and is climate-controlled.
Conway Scenic Railroad’s car is an RDC-1 which was built for the New Haven Railroad in 1952 as their #23. It became Penn Central #68, then Amtrak #18, then Metro North #18 and was then sold to the NYSW where it was numbered M-5. As is the Conway Scenic tradition, the car reverted to its original number and became CSRR #23.
The RDC is used mid-week during shoulder seasons and for extra trips to Conway at peak times during the summer. With a capacity of 82 passengers, the car lends itself really well to special charters, and programs have been developed with groups in mind.
Several group excursion options are available and range in time between 1 and 2 hours:
- A naturalist program, which can be customized according to the interests of your group. One of our most popular excursions includes a 90-minute, roundtrip train ride with a local naturalist who leads an interactive discussion on the environments viewed from the train. Depending on the weather and abilities of the group, he also conducts a short nature walk within one of our local conservation areas with a focus on the local ecology. This interactive program can be geared easily towards the particular interests of your group: photography, local ecology, wildlife, weather, the changing leaves……just ask, and we’ll let you know if we can cover your subject of interest!
- The “Apple Cider Express” is especially popular in late fall into December, when passengers are treated to hot apple cider and an apple crisp donut during their train ride.
- And, of course, the train may be chartered for a ride only.
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