The Conway Scenic Railway is a gem in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that lets you see the beauty of New England the old fashioned way. I've enjoyed riding the Conway Scenic ever since I was a little boy, and I think I enjoy even more as an adult.

We took the short drive to North Conway on what might be one of the last beautiful summer days of the year and boarded the 2:30 train from the North Conway station headed to Bartlett, New Hampshire. Round trip is less than two hours and a beautiful ride.

The tracks of the former Maine Central Railroad wind through forests, cross rivers and snake their way around the mountains of New Hampshire. As we rode along at a leisurely top speed of about 25 MPH, we took a bunch of photos.

Once we reached the old Bartlett train yard, the 573 locomotive uncoupled and ran around the train to pull it back to North Conway as we shifted to the seats on the other side of the 1898 Pullman Parlor Observation car so we could view the scenery we missed on the ride up.

What was the first car on the train was now the last, and we could look out the rear of the train for great views like these passing over a trestle spanning the Saco River.

With the leaves beginging to turn, now is a good time to plan a ride to see the fall folliage in the best way possible.