NORTH CREEK - The trains are running late this year.
Though Iowa Pacific put the opening at July 1, Steve Torrico, the newly-installed general manager of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, said requirements made hitting that target "absolutely impossible," and July 14 is the new date.
The railroad had bridges inspected by two outside firms, though they didn't need to, said Torrico.
The track has also been inspected numerous times, and all inspections were approved by the government. Crews were out cleaning brush last week, and Torrico said the railroad's in as good of shape as it's been in for a long time.
Torrico made sure to stress to the Business Alliance at its June 23 meeting that the Upper Hudson River Railroad was an excursion rail, but, "this is a real passenger railroad." He said this will be the first train since '56 to connect Saratoga Springs to North Creek.
Torrico also discussed how the railroad can help North Creek businesses with marketing.
Marketing options include free seats on the train for certain events and giving tickets to businesses to sell for any amount of money, and they can keep the cash.
They gave away 80,000 tickets for their Colorado rail. If 10,000 use them, they'll create word-of-mouth and help promote rail.
Business owners are taking the extra time to try and plan a spectacle. A large banner, the high school band, and themed t-shirts were ideas batted around the bar.
Mike Bowers of barVino said, "We need to take advantage of this moment, shame on us if we don't."