Conway Scenic Railroad-Better than ever!
If you’ve enjoyed a visit to New Hampshire’s Conway Scenic Railroad, you’ll love it even more on your next visit! The railroad has been making improvements. During the 2022 season, trackwork along most of the routes has made for a smoother ride, and in September the railroad debuted its latest luxury railcar, the beautiful Leslie Ann. This deluxe Budd Vista dome was built in the early 1950s for Northern Pacific and until 2019 had worked for the Orford Express dinner train in Quebec. It now provides Platinum class service on Conway Scenic’s Mountaineer that runs seasonally from North Conway over Crawford Notch. Leslie Ann is the third Vista Dome in the railroad’s growing fleet of vintage railcars.
Conway Scenic has one of the most diverse excursion offerings; Spring, Summer and Fall the railroad operates three distinct rides each with various options for visitors. The most popular ride is its classic one-hour trip down the old Boston & Maine Conway Branch. This short ride is great for children and aims to recreate the experience of traveling from town to town by train using a selection of railcars built between the 1890s and early 1950s. The Sawyer River excursion is a two-hour midday trip that runs west to its namesake offer pastoral views and follows the Saco River to the siding at near the crossing of the Sawyer River west of Bartlett. The best trip is the railroad’s flagship Mountaineer that aims to recreate the experience of a 1950s cross-country streamlined train. Depending on the season, this offers between a 4.5 and 5.5 hour scenic journey over Crawford Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Since the arrival of LeslieAnn this train now has four classes of travel available to passengers. While most passengers book round trip fares, the railroad offers bus-tours the option of booking one-way journeys aboard the Mountaineer and guests may join the train at North Conway for the ride over Crawford Notch or join the train at Crawford’s Station for the eastward journey. Call 603-356-5251 for details.