A new scenic railroad is due to open later this month, carrying passengers from Saratoga Springs along the Hudson River, to North Creek. The train should bring a boost of tourism to North Creek area shops, restaurants and attractions.
Amtrak riders will now have the ability to transfer trains in Saratoga Springs and take a trip north, to the southeastern Adirondack Park. Two trains will run each day, Thursday through Monday, between Saratoga Springs and North Creek. A third train will be operating between Hadley/Luzerne and North Creek.
More than $10 million has been invested into the project. Much of the money that went toward restoring the rail line was secured by the late Gerald Solomon, a well-known congressman from Warren County. Iowa Pacific, the new operator, has brought in some updated equipment, as well as two full-length dome cars that were built in the 50s.
The first rains are expected to run by mid-July.
A scenic, historic train ride would be the perfect way to begin an Adirondack vacation! Wouldn’t it be great if the trains ran throughout the winter? Imagine taking a train to North Creek, skiing or snowshoeing all day, then just relaxing on a train ride home in the afternoon with a steaming cup of hot chocolate… maybe someday!