Conway Scenic Railroad
Located at the 1874 Victorian Station in North Conway, New Hampshire, you can enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience that will guide you through the winding valleys and treacherous terrains of the White Mountain National Forest. The Conway Scenic Railroad is considered to be an old-fashioned heritage railroad, which is a railway that is actively operated as living history. The railroad was acquired in 1974 by the Conway Scenic Railroad company after being abandoned for a little over a decade. Their main goal was to offer excursions to the public that not only preserved the history of the railroad but also promoted the beauty of the terrain.
The Conway Scenic Railroad offers numerous scenic mountain and valley train excursions: The Mountaineer, the Sawyer River Excursion, and the Conway Valley Train.
The Mountaineer: Formerly known as the “Notch Train”, The Mountaineer contains 1950s-era passenger cars that are used to recreate the experience of a post-World War II streamlined train. This is the longest excursion that is offered and is only available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. This excursion takes you through the rugged but beautiful terrains of Crawford Notch.
You can choose from a variety of different experiences that range from First Class to Premium.
Duration: 5.5 Hours (Ranges from 4-5.5 hours)
Miles: 60 miles (Roundtrip)
Views: Extremely Scenic
Sawyer River Excursion: Not quite as long as the Mountaineer excursion, the Sawyer River Excursion will take you back in time as you travel over numerous old-fashioned bridges that help guide you over picturesque river views, deep valleys, and steep mountains.
Duration: 2 Hours
Miles: 20 (Roundtrip)
Views: Very Scenic
Conway Valley Train: The Conway Valley Train is a one-hour rural train ride that will take you back in time! This excursion is only 1 hour long and is perfect for families who have young children. The Conway Valley Train is available 7 days a week and even gives you an opportunity to watch the different locomotives prepare for their trek back to North Conway.
Duration: 1 Hour
Miles: 11 (Roundtrip)
It’s important to remember that the Conway Scenic Railroad almost solely operates during the summer months. Because of how snowy the White Mountains can get in the winter, the Conway Scenic railroad usually only operates from mid-May to the beginning of December. However, sometimes there are special winter trains that are offered but there are no fixed dates or specific times as they operate only if the weather permits.
Conway Scenic Railroad is just a short 17-minute drive from Christmas Farm Inn and Spa. To get there, starting at 3 Blitzen Way, Jackson, NH 03846, head southwest on Black Mountain Rd (NH-16B N). After about 0.5 miles, you will then turn right onto Main Street (NH-16A N). Once you have driven another 0.5 miles, turn left onto Pinkham Notch Rd (NH-16 S) and drive for about 3 miles until you see White Mountain Highway (US-302 E). You will then need to turn left and drive for 5.7 miles until you see Schouler Park. Turn right onto Norcross Circle, and Conway Scenic Railroad will be on your left in the back of the park.
Conway Scenic Railroad FAQs
Where do we buy tickets and board trains?
All of our regularly scheduled trains operate from our North Conway station which is located at 28 Norcross Circle at the center of North Conway Village.
Tickets may be purchased:
1. Online at conwayscenic.com
2. At the ticket window in the station (9am-4pm daily)
3. By phone at (603) 356-5251
Are reservations required?
On most Conway Scenic trains, advanced reservations are not required, however, our trains tend to sell out and we strongly recommend buying tickets in advance.
Learn more about the Conway Scenic Railroad at here.
History of Christmas Farm Inn Name
The Inn is not 'Christmas themed' but rather received its name from the gifting of the property at Christmas time – renamed the ‘Christmas Farm’ in honor of the season and spirit of the gift.