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  by Pat Fahey
 
Hi
I was just upon the Conway Scenic website and it looks like Steam in the snow has been canceled. I know usually the Mass Bay RRE runs the trip, but because of the virus,, this coming year will be a no show.
  by Arborwayfan
 
Sadly, that's probably sensible. Bringing a bunch of people from different places to hang out together on a train for a few hours may not the be the most dangerous thing that ever happened, but it's an unnecessary risk -- and, on the other hand, a financial risk for the RR if hardly anyone showed up. The various other trains they are running -- Santa trains, general excursions -- probably draw mostly local people, or people who were going up to that part of NH anyway, so the cause less infection risk, and I assume running some diesel excursions on the valley lines is a lot lest costly that getting 7470 ready for one big winter day.
  by NHV 669
 
Running to Sawyer River and back; assuming they mean the station stop, allowing them to at least pass Fourth Iron.
  by NHV 669
 
The 470 club has announced a purchase of GP9 72 from Heber Valley RR via their FB page. Unit is still sitting at Waterville shops.
  by b&m 1566
 
Bluebird coming soon to the Conway Scenic?
  by NHV 669
 
According to their post, the plan is to have it run on at least one valley train a day until Thursday on NYE.
  by b&m 1566
 
I just stumbled across this article about the Conway Bypass project, it's a few months old but I'm just seeing it for the first time.
During the development of the 2021-30 Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan ... the Conway Bypass project was removed from the Ten Year Plan. ... Accordingly, the Department will advance a request to the Governor and Executive Council to formally dissolve the project layout," Sheehan wrote in her letter dated Sept 4.
Lack of funding, changes in traffic expectations and non-inclusion in the state’s 10-year highway transportation plan this past summer were all reasons for the decision, Sheehan wrote.

Although it really had nothing to do with the Conway Scenic, it would have affected the railroad with one of their most scenic vistas being destroyed, had this been built. The design of the by-pass had it going in between North South Rd and the train tracks, before crossing over via an overpass and stretching across the northern section of Pudding Pond. In addition to that, the bypass would've gone right through Whitaker Woods, crossing over the Mt. and Conway Branch near or at Mt. Junction. I'm very happy to learn this is officially dead.
  by Pat Fahey
 
Hi
How are the ticket sales moving, on Steam In the Snow,, I read on the Conway Scenic website that the railroad was still going to run the trip. Pat.
  by b&m 1566
 
This years event is called "Winter Steam" and is being put on by the railroad, last time I looked there were only 3 tickets left. "Steam in the Snow" belongs to Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiast and they canceled the event this year, due to Covid-19. What I find interesting is that the Conway Scenic is showcasing "Winter Steam", as the "1st Annual", not sure what will happen with "Steam in the Snow", also showcased as an "Annual" trip. Maybe they'll have two different events going forward, with each event being uniquely different.
  by NHV 669
 
Not much for snow up here, but interesting to see Conway Scenic running more days out of the year during the cold months. Weekend Snow trains to Attitash start 1/9.
  by arthur d.
 
b&m 1566 wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:44 pm Bluebird coming soon..
Needs traction motors, wiring and generator work among other things but it would be great to see a Bluebird scheme again.
  by BandA
 
NHV 669 wrote: Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:31 am Not much for snow up here, but interesting to see Conway Scenic running more days out of the year during the cold months. Weekend Snow trains to Attitash start 1/9.
I'm sure like everybody else that is trying to be good that they are getting Cabin Fever
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