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Conway Scenic Railroad

Following the end of the American Civil War in 1865, ideas on how to expand this great nation began to surface. The feasibility of a railroad connecting New England with the Great Lakes had been explored earlier in the century; however, the idea was always dismissed because it seemed too difficult and much too costly. In 1867, a group of Maine businessmen, including a former governor, formed the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad Company for the purpose of building a rail line from Portland, Maine, to Ogdensburg, New York, hoping to connect the profitable seacoast of New England with the growing industrialized mid-western region of the country.

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New Hampshire tourist line

The Conway Scenic Railroad is a tourist railway operation in North Conway, New Hampshire. The road operates two historic railway routes: a line from North Conway to Conway that was formerly part of the Conway Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad, and a line from North Conway through Crawford Notch to Fabyan, New Hampshire, that was once part of the Mountain Division of the Maine Central Railroad. The Conway line is owned by Conway Scenic and the Mountain Division is owned by the State of New Hampshire.

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