So I’ve done a few Conway Scenic cars in the past for others, but this time I decided I need my own set! So a little back story…I grew up on weekends in North Conway, NH playing golf and watching trains at NCCC and CSRR (which were both restored around the same time by some of the same people!) I later briefly worked for CSRR as a trainman.
Alright…so I’m starting off with the valley train which consists mainly of 1920s era equipment. The coaches on the train are former CNJ cars and I believe the dining car is former a lackawana MU. Both the coaches and diner are rather well matched by the AristoCraft heavyweights. The first submission to this set is the 1058 coach named “Whitehorse Ledge”.
The prototype for this car has sadly been oos at Conway since about 2003. It may have gone out again on railfans day specials, but by then it was already getting rough along the sills. Since that time it’s been stripped of some interior items, probably swapped trucks, and it has donated a coupler to another CNJ coach. Plan is to do 3 red coaches, the dining car and I have a USA trains observation car which will attempt to take the place of Gertrude Emma, the railroad’s 1890s pullman palace observation.
Explanation and more photos in new reply below.