Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby Knucklehead » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:09 pm

b&m 1566 wrote:If you drove on North South Road, the section right along the tracks is newer. Back in 2000 - 2003 the state built that road in what is part of a multi phased highway project (currently on hold) aimed at relocating rte 16/302 entirely around the shopping district. This road required the tracks to be removed and moved over to make room for the road. When that section was rebuilt, lights and gates were installed (no idea why) and I believe this section also received 115# rail. This rebuilt section was nessary to keep the corridor intact but there's only a few trains a year on it. As mention before east of Redstone (a village of Conway) the line is out of service all the way to Westbrook, ME which includes about a mile or two of rail missing after Guilford pulled up about five miles of track back in the early 2000's. About 5 years ago the state of ME rebuild about 3 to 4 of those miles but didn't have the money to complete it, since some of it went toward raising a bridge to add clearence on the road underneath (the new bridge is in the section without any rail). I hope this little blurp gives you and idea and helps answer some questions.



That answers my question and then some!

Thank you for the excellent post - I learned a lot!
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby Knucklehead » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:11 pm

MEC407 wrote:More information about the Mountain Division — which includes the line from Portland to North Conway — can be found here:

The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

The Portland to Westbrook portion of the line, still owned and operated by Pan Am Railways, is referred to as the Mountain Branch by Pan Am. More info here:

Activity on the Mountain Branch



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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby brettj22 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:29 pm

Just finally got a chance to see the September wheel report and I find it ironic that my wife, who graciously indulges me on all my train related travels, has officially ridden more mileage on the CSRR than me now owing to the fact that I got off at Redstone to take photos and she stayed on as it went through the last grade crossing. Guess I'll have to go again next year. A belated thanks to the folks who put that all together!
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby b&m 1566 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:30 am

For anyone looking to board a train to enjoy the foliage just a heads up.
With the past week of record breaking high temperatures, I read an article last night that said it has delayed the changing foliage by a whole week. This will be the 3rd year in a row now that foliage will be about a week behind the "normal". With temperatures heading back to seasonal temperatures, I'm hearing their could be some frost in the mountains this weekend. With the heatwave behind us the changing of color will resume its course going forward.
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby gokeefe » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:08 am

What's the history behind the platform and track at "Kearsarge" in North Conway?
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby b&m 1566 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:26 am

Good question and I don't have an answer for why the state put that in. I do know that the Conway Scenic has used it on railfans weekend in the past when parking by the station was full and it was only the notch train passengers directed to park near that platform. I don't think they've had to use that platform in a few years now.
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby flyingfox10 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:55 am

The state had the tracks rebuilt to build North South road. During that time they decided to build a small platform with hopes of running shuttle service during the Fryeburg fair, etc as well as build a short run around track.

Back in the day, there was a turntable and small roundhouse located near todays existing fenced in "State yard" for material. There was a small yard and propane storage/transload tanks as well.
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby gokeefe » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:26 pm

Very interesting. Thanks!
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:24 pm

With all sorts of plant life growing around the remains of 108,this might be turned into a non restore able steamer. :( :(
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby b&m 1566 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:59 pm

Has White Mountain Cider Company, rebuilt the barn yet? The Pumpkin Patch Express is right around the corner.
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby flyingfox10 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:31 am

Unfortunately no. :(
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby b&m 1566 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:38 pm

Really WOW! Are they still planning on running the Pumpkin Patch Express trains?
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby ericofmaine » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:25 pm

Per a conversation with Russ today, he's purchased land adjacent to the Conway freight house, which has been cleared. The plan is to use this location for the pumpkin patch.

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Postby b&m 1566 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:53 am

Oh, would it be the plot of land north of the freight house? I assume this will be a permanent change going forward? Did the 470 Club trip do anything special this year... Run down to Redstone and or go to Hazen's?
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