Conway Scenic Railroad

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By kjfitz @ 2007-08-12 11:33:18
The Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRR) is a heritage railway in North Conway, New Hampshire.

The excursions are of varying duration - either one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the Crawford Notch excursion. The Conway train is a 55 minute round trip, while the Bartlett train is a 1¾ hour round trip. The Notch train is actually two different trips: the standard Notch train which is a 5 hour round trip, or the Fabyans train which is a 5½ hour round trip.

The motive power for the Conway and Bartlett trains is usually an EMD GP7 locomotive #573 ex MEC, but sometimes it is an EMD F7#4266 diesel electric locomotive or the S4 Alco 1,000 HP swither locomotive #1055 . The current motive power for the Notch train is 2 Canadian EMD FP9s (soon to be replaced by a GE U23B #21 and a GE B23-7). During the mid summer to late fall the CSRR brings out New Hampshire's only standard gauge coal-fired steam locomotive #7470, an 0-6-0 originally built for the Canadian National Railroad, built in 1921. The 7470 primarily runs on the Conway branch, except on special occasions when it runs to Bartlette and Crawford Notch. 7470 underwent boiler restoration between 2001 and August 2006.

Some passenger cars on the Conway and Bartlett trains are the dining car Chocorua, the open deck Pullman observation car Gertrude Emma, and a nice open air coach. The notch train has an open air car, a vista dome car (the Dorthea Mae), and a first class car (the Carrol P. Reed).

The CSRR is located in historic downtown North Conway in the Mount Washington valley.
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