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: