Enter the raffle!
The passes are worth $93 each, and are good through January 1, 2016, with the exception of Sept. 12 & Oct. 12. The Valley Train runs regularly through the end of the year, daily until the last week of October and on weekends through November and December, with some weekday trains including the day after Thanksgiving and the week before New Year's. The full schedule can be viewed online here. Raffle winners can use the passes on any regularly-scheduled Valley Train excursion, including the Pumpkin Patch Express and Santa's Express.
Purchase raffle tickets online here, or at the health center front desk at 298 White Mountain Highway (Route 16).
Each pass gives two adults and two children a coach-class ride on the Valley Train. The Conway Scenic Railroad writes, "On the Valley Train, you'll enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars (most from the 1920s) from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again.
"The 11-mile, 55-minute roundtrip Conway excursion is ideal for visitors wanting a shorter train ride, especially those with young children. On this excursion, you'll travel south past the Moat Mountain Range and parallel Route 16 before passing through farmlands and crossing Moat Brook, the Saco and Swift Rivers on the way to Conway. Here, you can watch the powerful locomotive run around the train in preparation of the return trip.
"The 21 mile, 1¾ hour roundtrip Bartlett excursion offers a longer and more relaxing train ride that takes you "over the river and through the woods." You're invited to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery as you travel through fields and woodlands, crossing the East Branch, Saco and Ellis Rivers on the way to Bartlett. Here you also have the opportunity to watch the locomotive run around for the return trip to North Conway. Through November 23rd, the train will make a stop at White Mountain Cider Company in Glen."
All proceeds from the raffle support White Mountain Community Health Center, which provides comprehensive, high-quality primary care services and health education on a sustainable basis to women, men and children in the Mount Washington Valley community regardless of ability to pay.