Friday, February 17, 2012

Steam in the Snow

Recently we were privileged to ride the Conway Scenic Railroad in the snow through New Hampshire's beautiful White Mountains. What an experience!

Early trains brought snow skiers into the area. When Mount Cranmore opened for its first season in 1937-38, snow trains helped bring skiers from nearby Boston to fill its slopes. Even through the war years of the early 1940s found as many as five trains coming into North Conway on a Sunday, carrying up to 4,000 skiers for a one-day trip. At their peak, the Snow Trains carried 24,000 passengers each season.

Part of the fun was before the ride, anticipating the engine coming out of the roundhouse. It felt like we waited for hours in the cold, but of course it wasn't that long. They call it live steam for a reason. Steam engines are like a living, breathing organism that shakes and shudders with power. The ride is truly thrilling and yest they do make the inspirational chugging noise..."I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. And yes, creative souls you can!

(c) 2012 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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