Here are a few photos and videos of my fun day on September 15, 2014 with my co-workers from the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.
The Conway Scenic Railroad has a very large operation with many pieces of equipment and a very long stretch of rail line up the Crawford Notch U-shaped valley created by the massive Continental glaciers that started to melt 14,000 years ago here in New Hampshire.
I hope you enjoy these photos and videos as much as I enjoyed my day on the train with my friends. The videos are at the BOTTOM of the page.
Does this photo even need a caption? Wow! Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
Here's the Canadian National 7470 steam locomotive on the round table. Photo credit: Tim Carter, W3ATB
Look at the massive snowplow. The blade runs right on top of the track. It's at least 12-feet tall! Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
This is looking down the great valley from Crawford Notch. It's a CLASSIC U-shaped glacial valley. Can you imagine just 14,000 years ago this valley was filled with ice and the ice was at least another 1,000 feet on top of the peaks you see in the photo. It blanketed the entire New England area, stretched down to Cape Cod, MA, across to Cincinnati, OH, then to North Dakota and back up to the North Pole where the ice was probably a mile thick. It had all melted by 3,000 years ago without any help from us! Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
That's solid granite above the train on the cliff. The people in the dome car sure had a spectacular ride! Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
Stream-tumbled rounded rocks in the Saco River along the rail line. Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
Two weeks from now the colors of the leaves will be beyond description. Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
Don't worry, the 216 was parked and a full brake set was on the train. Everyone was off the train up at Crawford Station eating lunch. Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
Theresa, who has taken me under her wing as a new conductor, is about to lay a smooch on Reuven, the train's conductor. Theresa has worked on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad for years and is a human version of the Energizer bunny. I had a great conversation with Reuven during the ride and told him about the magic of conductor upgrades. NOTE TO SELF: I MUST have a vest and pocket watch for next season! Photo credit: Tim Carter - W3ATB
Here's the Mt. Washington hotel. It's where the US Dollar became the world reserve currency in 1944. Mt. Washington is the peak that's completely shadowed by the clouds. Photo credit: Tim Carter, W3ATB