Choose Premium, First Class or Coach
The 11-mile, 55-minute round-trip Conway excursion is ideal for visitors wanting a shorter train ride, especially those with young children. On this excursion, you’ll travel south past the Moat Mountain Range and parallel Route 16 before passing through farmlands and crossing Moat Brook, the Saco and Swift Rivers on the way to Conway. Here, you can watch the powerful locomotive “run around” the train in preparation of the return trip. Please note: All trains depart from our station in North Conway Village.
Children under 4 ride FREE in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcome.
Throughout most of the season, you will be seated in the Gertrude Emma. In April & May and November & December, on either end of the Notch Train’s service, the Lower Dome of the Dorothea Mae and the CP Reed cars are also options for First Class seating.
- Gertrude Emma: Most popular car. Built in 1898 and restored to its original state featuring wicker chairs facing outside, rich woodwork, and large windows. Available April 14 – December 31.
The options below are ONLY AVAILABLE on weekends in April & May and November & December:
- CP Reed: Reclining seats and spacious leg room.
- Lower Dome: Bottom of the Dorthea Mae car. Reclining seats.
This option is only available on weekends in April & May and November & December, on either end of the Notch Train’s season. Premium Seating reserves a seat in the Upper Dome of the Dorthea Mae.
This car was built by the Budd Company in 1955 for service on the Empire Builder, the Great Northern Railroad’s flagship out of Chicago. It was conveyed to Amtrak in 1971 and also served on the Alaska Railroad and Cape Cod Scenic Railroad prior to being purchased by the Conway Scenic Railroad in December of 1997.
The car is climate controlled with its own snack bar. The Lower Dome is considered First Class Seating; Upper Dome is Premium Seating. It has been in service on the Notch Train since 2002.
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