Notch Train excursions run on Tues, Wed, Thur & Sat
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Advance reservations recommended.
5 – 5.5 Hours • 50 – 60 miles roundtrip • June 11 – November 2
On the Notch Train, you’ll travel on what was once the Maine Central Railroad’s famed Mountain Division line, on tracks that were laid in the 1870s. Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas, across Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge – enroute to Crawford and Fabyan stations.
As you travel through this rugged terrain, you can begin to appreciate what a remarkable engineering achievement constructing this railroad was over 140 years ago. Live commentary onboard includes history and folklore of the railroad and area, as well as points of interest.
Included in the excursion is a layover at Crawford Station, across from Saco Lake (a small pond from which the mighty Saco River originates), and adjacent to the AMC’s Highland Center. Passengers are encouraged to get off the train, stretch their legs, and explore their beautiful surroundings.
There is a CASH ONLY snack bar on the train, and Coach passengers are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches. You can eat on the train, or there are picnic tables next to Crawford Station. Another option is a quick lunch at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center, which is next to Crawford Station. Cafeteria-style, it offers freshly-made sandwiches, soups, and salads with a beautiful dining area full of windows.
Please note: all trains leave from and return to our North Conway station. Except for a few earlier departure times for special charters, Notch Trains leave the station at 11:00 a.m. For most of the season the terminus of this excursion is Crawford Station – 50 miles, 5 hours round-trip. From September 21 through October 19 and again on November 2, it travels to Fabyan Station – 60 miles, 5.5 hours round-trip.
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