Notch Train

Notch Train excursions run on Tues, Wed, Thur & Sat

There will be a Notch Train Special on Sunday, August 25th, departing North Conway at 11:00 a.m.

5 – 5.5 Hours  •  50 – 60 miles roundtrip  •  June 11 – November 2

All of our train excursions are round-trip, and all depart from our main station at 38 Norcross Circle in North Conway Village.

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 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.

First Class passengers may purchase a First Class Package, which includes lunch on the dining car Hattie Evans.  They may also order a boxed lunch or order from our Drink & Light Eats Menu.

Another option is to ride round-trip in our beautiful, new dedicated dining car, the Rhonda Lee, which offers both Lower and Upper Dome seating choices.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Seating Options

Coach seating and climate controlled First Class or Premium seats are available aboard the Notch Train. Premium seating is available in the Upper Dome of Dorthea Mae and in the Screening Room on the lower level. First Class options are the CP Reed car or the Lower Dome section of Dorthea Mae, both originally built in the mid-fifties for transcontinental service in Canada and the United States, respectively. There are a total of 52 seats in the Dome Car: 24 in the Lower Dome, which is First Class seating, and 20 in the Upper Dome, plus 8 in the Screening Room, both of which are Premium seating.

Our newest car, the Rhonda Lee, is a dome car, too, one that is dedicated to dining. As with the Dorthea Mae, the Lower Dome of this car is considered First Class seating, with the Upper Dome Premium Seating.  With this option, seats in this car are yours for the entire round-trip ride.

For your dining pleasure, we offer a Notch Train Dining Package: First Class seating with beverage service and snacks and a 3-course luncheon aboard our beautiful dining car, the Hattie Evans.  Lunch is limited to those who have purchased the package with seats in the CP Reed or Dorthea Mae, or for those with seats in the Rhonda Lee.

To view the lunch menu, please click here.

The onboard snack bar offers a limited selection of individually priced sandwiches, snacks, and beverages for purchase. Box lunches are available if pre-ordered with your reservation.

Please note: Passengers on the Notch Train will be asked to change seats with the passengers sitting across the aisle from them. This exchange will be made on the return trip to North Conway so that all passengers can enjoy the best views that this excursion offers.