By: Tom Eastman, Conway Daily Sun
Dot and Russ Seybold announced Tuesday afternoon the sale of the Conway Scenic Railroad to Profile Mountain Holdings Corp, led by President David Swirk.
The sale closed Tuesday, and Profile Mountain Holdings will take over operations immediately in anticipation of the season's opening in April.
The iconic railroad and tourist attraction, complete with its historic 1874 train station, has enjoyed 44 continuous years of operation.
Originally named president and general manager of the railroad in 1990, Seybold was instrumental in the expansion to Crawford Notch and the commencement of a truly world-class railroad experience.
The Seybolds purchased the railroad in 1999 and continued to expand operations with the addition of two full-service dining cars, including the Chocorua and the Hattie Evans, and the dome observation car Dorthea Mae.
They were key founders of the highly successful Polar Express holiday excursion. Other signature annual events including Day Out With Thomas, Pumpkin Patch Express, Santa’s Holiday Express and Railfans Weekend, all of which generate tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Profile Mountain Holdings Corp., doing business as Conway Scenic Railroad, is jointly owned by David Swirk and business partner William Sullivan Jr.
This is their second venture together. Swirk, PMHC president, has nearly 30 years of short-line rail management experience focused on business development and operations, including mechanical and engineering, according to a press release issued by Conway Scenic.
Susan Logan, marketing director for
Conway Scenic, said that Swirk worked as a general manager for the Grafton & Upton Railroad owned by Jon Delli Priscoli, owner of the Edaville Railroad and the Grafton & Upton. Delli Priscoli made a failed attempt to purchase the Conway Scenic in 2015.
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