The Conway Scenic Railroad (reporting mark CSRX) is a heritage railway in North Conway, New Hampshire. The railroad operates over two historic railway routes: a line from North Conway to Conway that was formerly part of the Conway Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad, and a line from North Conway through Crawford Notch to Fabyan that was once part of the Mountain Division of the Maine Central Railroad. The Conway line is owned by Conway Scenic and the Mountain Division is owned by the State of New Hampshire. Russ Seybold is owner and president of the Conway Scenic.
The railroad's main terminal is located in historic downtown North Conway in the Mount Washington valley. The station complex has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.
The railroad operates excursions of varying duration under two banners - the “Valley Train” which runs either south to Conway (55 minute round trip) or north to Bartlett (1¾ hour round trip), and the “Notch Train” covering the line through Crawford Notch. The Valley Train excursions include the dining car Chocorua, the open-deck Pullman observation car Gertrude Emma, an open-air car, and several heavyweight coaches. The Notch Train service is typically a 5 hour round trip to Crawford Depot (located at the height of land in Crawford Notch), but is extended to 5½ hours during the fall foliage season when the train travels all the way to Fabyan Station, located near Bretton Woods in the town of Carroll.
The Notch Train includes an open-air car (Silver Cascade), a vista dome car (Dorthea Mae), a first-class car (Carroll P. Reed), and commuter coaches retired from the Montreal commuter pool. There are two cars undergoing restoration for this train. One is a regular coach and the other is a dining car named Hattie Evans. The dining car is planned to be ready for use in 2010. Annual special events at the railroad include Day out with Thomas, a Railfan Weekend in late September, Polar Express-themed trips during December, and a “Steam in the Snow” photographer’s special in early January sponsored by the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts.
Special Freight Operation :
On June 20, 2009, a 20-axle Schnabel car was brought down through Crawford Notch carrying a 227-ton transformer for Public Service of New Hampshire, an electrical utility company. It was the first scheduled freight train through Crawford Notch since September 3, 1983 and the first and only revenue freight move for the Conway Scenic to date.