The towers of Conway’s  whimsical train station lord over the main street of North Conway like a beacon from a long-vanished age. Passengers can relive that era of Victorian splendor on the restored Conway Scenic Railroad (Main St./Rte. 16, 603/356-5251, www.conwayscenic.com ), which offers three scenic rides around the Mount Washington Valley on vintage trains.
The Valley Train (mid-Apr.–mid-Oct., $22–36 adults, $15–28 children 4–12, free–$16 children under 4) takes in the scenery of the Presidential Range  and Saco River with a two-hour trip to Bartlett. A Pullman observation car has original wicker chairs for rocking as you roll.
The Notch Train (mid-June–mid-Oct., $40–65 adults, $30–40 children 4–12, $10–28 children under 4) drives straight up through the heart of Crawford Notch  with a five-hour chug along dizzying cliffs and sky-high railroad bridges.
For the ultimate in nostalgia, hitch a ride with Steam Locomotive #7470, a 1921 coal-fired locomotive that runs periodic short-haul trips between Conway and North Conway. Call for current schedule and rates.