Watercolor… I visited the Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) in in New Hampshire, in 2015. We rode the “Valley” dining train behind GP7 #573, because the “Notch” was not running on that day. The “Crawford Notch ” run is called the “Mountaineer” now. We spent most of a day here and I had plenty of time to walk around and study the impressive collection of Conway’s locomotives and equipment and take a lot of detail photographs. Original 1949 build, Electro Motive Division (EMD), Boston and Maine (BM), F7 #4268 was out and sitting a few car lengths North of the station, and sister B&M, F7 #4266, also built in 1949… rebuilt in 2013, was tucked away inside the roundhouse. In the years following our visit, #4268 is now in the roundhouse, undergoing a restoration and #4266 is out and about and pulling occasional excursions. Hopefully they will one day, again pull together.
The Conway Scenic Railroad is located on the grounds of the former B&M’s North Conway Rail Yard, flanking the North Conway Rail Depot. The Boston and Maine Railroad was founded in 1835 and taken over by Guilford Transportation Industries in 1983. The immaculately restored 1874 Victorian station, designed by architect Nathaniel J. Bradlee, was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The 1954, Budd built, Dome Coach, CRSX #1329 “Dorthea Mae” (former Great Northern 1329), which is part of the consist on the Notch, sits on a siding. And that’s my old truck. This illustration is a view South mashup of my observations on site.