We all say it, but it is so true – Where has the summer gone? The kids are back to school now, and we have a couple of weeks to catch our breath and make our preparations for the Fall Foliage season.
The work continues every day on our latest addition to the passenger fleet, table car #6749. I am amazed at what the Conway Scenic Railroad shop staff is capable of accomplishing. I shouldn’t be amazed though, because I have seen it before, when the Hattie Evans was built up from an empty shell (a very good solid empty shell) into the beautiful dining car that it is today. Now the crew is doing it again; creating a special car that will have a ‘wow’ factor when you first step into it.
From the outside it will look pretty much like the other 6700 cars in the fleet except that we opted for large fixed pieces of non-opening window glass in place of the sliding windows that the other cars have. This car will be air-conditioned so opening windows aren’t needed and the larger glass area will offer better viewing of the passing scenery. One side of one end of the car will be what they call a ‘blind end’; no steps or passenger access there and it will blanked off because that space is need for some of the mechanical equipment.
The big difference between this car and its sisters, of course, is the interior. Once again the guys have outdone themselves with all of the superb oak woodwork. The window trim, the booths and the other finishing details are all done in oak. The old washroom in this car has been completely gutted and replaced with new stainless steel walls and new fixtures. The entire interior of this car has been replaced from floor to ceiling. #6749 will be a wonderful addition to the Notch Train! The addition of this car to the fleet will allow us to regularly operate a nine car Notch Train for the first time in CSRR history. Come on over and check it out this fall!