Riding the rails to the slopes

   Poster that can be seen in the station of the Conway Scenic Railroad. For more information about this fun organization, please  hit this link.

Poster that can be seen in the station of the Conway Scenic Railroad. For more information about this fun organization, please hit this link.

"Despite the proximity of the hills for the Yankee rural population, it was the city people who first embraced skiing in a big way. In the winter of 1931-1932, the Boston & Maine Railroad began running a 'snow train' out of North Station in Boston up to Conway, New Hampshire, and back each Sunday.  The first run filled three cars with 197 people. By 1940 {with the Great Depression ending} the Boston Snow Train carried some 3,000 skiers. Trains then ran every Sunday out of New York, and frequently from Albany, Hartford, and Springfield, Massachusetts.''

From Mountain New England: Life Past and Present, by William F. Robinson