This is something we didn't do because we didn't know about it.
On the Notch Railroad trip the ride ends at Fabyan Station and everyone can get out and watch the Engine being brought around to the other end of the train to hook up & bring you back to North Conway.
Well ... see those people in the picture looking down at the track while the Engine goes by? That's because they put a penny on the track before the engine came around and runs over all the pennies people have put out on the track. You then pick up your crushed & flattened penny for a souvenir.
Cool keepsake huh?
White Mountain Area
"The good and the bad of North Conway"
North Conway is a small town located at the base of the White Mountains. It is a friendly place that, in the summertime, caters to tourists eager to explore the trails and recreational opportunities among its rolling hills. It serves as a launching point for exploring Mount Washington and the other Presidential Peaks, or for anyone aspiring to climb the 4,000 footers of New Hampshire. The town also has an artsy feel to it with dozens of craft shops along and near the main highway that runs right through it. The fall brings visitors who are checking out the New England fall foliage that I hope to see someday. Winter brings the opening of ski areas and ice climbing.
North Conway is also home to numerous outlet malls and a large crowd of tourists who flock to this pretty area to shop. As a result, a drive along the main highway brings memories of Gatlinburgh with its crawling traffic. Although, thankfully, the tackiness that has invaded the Tennessee gateway into the Great Smokies is not present in New Hampshire. I am simply not a shopping person so I can't tell you much about the excellent opportunities to pursue the outlet bargain of your dreams while in North Conway. But I can tell you a bit about the natural pursuits you'll find here.
"No mere walk in the woods."
I visited North Conway for the first time in the summer of 2003. I was preparing for a Grand Canyon hike and figured that a trek up Mount Washington would be great training. On that trip, I learned never to laugh at mountains that are only 6,000 feet tall. New Hampshire has some of the toughest, steepest hiking in the country. I also learned that New Hampshire is the granite state and is quite proud of the large, slippery and unstable rocks that line the path to the summit of its tallest mountain. After a long day of falling, slipping and ankle twisting along the path to what I'd described as a "foothill", I was eager to leave the Granite Mountains behind.
In July, 2006, I decided to return. I think my ankles had finally healed. Since Mount Whitney was coming up in a month, it seemed a good idea to head back to what I'd recalled as a brutal training ground. This time, my only views of Mount Washington were from the distant summit of lesser peaks. 4,000 feet didn't seem like such a walk in the park anymore.
Upon returning, I discovered the beauty of the rolling hills of New Hampshire and was surprised that I'd missed it the first time around. Once you get past the outlet malls, this is truly beautiful country. The White Mountain National Forest is a hiker's paradise with a network of trails that are perfect for dayhikes and beyond. Let's talk a walk in New Hampshire's woods and explore the beauty first hand. Just make sure to watch out for those rocks.
Conway Scenic Railroad
"The Notch Train is the ride we took!"
Take a nostalgic train ride. Choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion. You'll experience the excitement of rail travel in the comfort of open or enclosed restored passenger cars. The "Notch Train" and "Valley Train" are both powered by diesel electric locomotives, except for July 4th through Labor Day weekend and late September thru mid October, when the popular steam locomotive #7470 is scheduled to provide the motive power for the North Conway to Conway excursion.
We took the "Notch Train" ... join us for the ride ...
"All aboard ....."
"View the mountains along the way ..."
"Cross over the Saco River and others..."
"Enjoy the colorful splendar along the way ..."
"Ralax in the comfort of Coach"
enjoying the view along the way to the Notch.
"Stopping for only a few minutes at"
The Crawford Notch Depot
"Pose for a picture or two."
Notice we're wearing gloves ... we had some snow shower's while we were there!
Continue to the Fabyan Station ....