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Take a Ride into the Past with Conway Scenic Railroad

By Elisha Neubauer

The Conway Scenic Railroad is one of very few tourist railways. Offering an old-fashioned experience, the Railway encompasses everything it means to be historic. The railway, which has operated for over 42 years, is literally a paradox- a stepping stone back into a past that has since gone by.

"Beginning from the time that they step into our 1874 station in the middle of North Conway Village, our guests enjoy a glimpse into the past when the pace of life was slower and railroads fueled the economic engines of this country," says Susan Logan, Manager of Marketing and Events.

According to Logan, the valley trains travel through the Mount Washington area, covering areas that literally go over the river and through the woods. "Our passengers can choose between Coach seating in cars dating back to the 1920s, First Class seating on our 1898 restored Pullman Observation Car, or First Class seating on our dining car Chocorua." For those on the Notch Train, the route travels parallel with Crawford Notch and Route 302, and offers some of most spectacular scenery in the Northeast.

"It is by far our most popular excursion, especially in the Fall," says Logan. "There is a 50 minute layover at Crawford Station, and people can get off the train to stretch their legs, take photos, and just enjoy the sights." She continues, telling us that this particular train also offers Coach and First Class seating, as well as a three-course luncheon in the dining car Hattie Evans as part of the Notch Train's First Class Package.

On each and every excursion, there is a live narration given by the train crew. In addition to the live narration, the train crew does truly enjoy interacting with the guests?answering questions and bringing attention to points of interest. "People really seem to appreciate our efforts to preserve this piece of New Hampshire's history for future generations to enjoy," says Logan.

While the train is a wonderful feature in its own right, there are many other wonders in the area to behold. "Traveling to the top of the highest mountain in the Northeast is an option by either the Mt. Washington Auto Road or the Mt. Washington Cog Railway," states Logan.

"There are popular children's theme parks such as Story Land in nearby Glen, NH, or Santa's Village, about an hour away in Jefferson, NH." In addition to these, there are mountain attractions such as Attitash in Bartlett, Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, and Cranmore here in North Conway which offer zip lines and mountain rides, as well as several other adventures. "And shopping is a big, year-round attraction here, not only because of the wide variety of retailers in our immediate area, but also because there is no sales tax in New Hampshire," exclaims Logan.

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