City of Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson (right) helps to launch the summer and fall 2012 season of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway at the Saratoga Springs Train Station on Wednesday, May 16. For the first time in its history, the railway will offer service seven days a week to its seven flag stops throughout the First Wilderness Corridor when the new season begins on Saturday, May 26. In celebration of the Memorial Day opening weekend, all active duty military and veterans will receive free round-trip and one-way rides from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring an item to donate to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. Collection bins will be stationed at railway stops in Saratoga Springs and North Creek. From left to right: Operation Adopt-a-Soldier Co-Chair Terri Perry; Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow; and Saratoga & North Creek General Manager Steve Torrico.
The Saratoga and North Creek Railway announced May 16 that it will return to the rails with an expanded daily schedule for summer and fall 2012. For the first time in its history, the railway will offer service seven days a week to its seven flag stops throughout the First Wilderness Corridor when the new season begins on Saturday, May 26.
The expanded daily schedule will double the railway’s capacity from summer 2011, with an anticipated 24,000 passengers traveling between North Creek and Saratoga Springs. The railway carried approximately 12,000 travelers during its inaugural and abbreviated summer/fall season in 2011.
The Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s summer excursion follows the inaugural run of the Gore Mountain Snow Train and precedes the return of the enormously popular Polar Express during the holiday season.
Officials from the City of Saratoga Springs and the Town of North Creek joined representatives from the Saratoga & North Creek Railway today at the train’s depot in Saratoga Springs to launch the expanded summer 2012 season.
“The Saratoga and North Creek Railway is excited to begin our new season with an expanded daily service for passengers. We look forward to further contributing to the economy and vital tourism industry in the two communities we call home – the town of North Creek and the City of Saratoga Springs, “ said Saratoga and North Creek General Manager Steve Torrico. “We are excited to welcome a new season of travelers aboard our classic train cars for a scenic ride through the Adirondacks.”
The Saratoga and North Creek Railway also unveiled plans for a full roster of special events and promotions onboard throughout the season, beginning with an opening weekend Memorial Day celebration in honor of the nation’s service members and veterans.
From Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, all active duty military and veterans will receive free round-trip and one-way rides. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring an item to donate to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. Collection bins will be stationed at railway stops in Saratoga Springs and North Creek. Suggested donation items include toiletries, socks, rechargeable batteries, powdered drink mix and non-perishable snacks such as energy bars.
The summer and fall season will continue with a number of other special events and offers for train passengers, including a free ride for dads on Father’s Day weekend; patriotic festivities for the 4th of July; character-themed rides for kids; and trips to a variety of outdoor activities at Gore Mountain. More information about the full calendar of special events can be found at www.sncrr.com.
Railway passengers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of activities and events in downtown North Creek, including the official grand opening of the artisan and craft emporium The Exchange on June 23. A developing version of The Exchange will welcome visitors on weekends only in conjunction with the launch of the summer train season on Memorial Day weekend.
The Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s summer and fall season will operate daily passenger service between Saratoga Springs and North Creek beginning Saturday, May 26 through Wednesday, October 31. The railway offers three routes that run between the two stations:
The New York Express departs North Creek Fridays through Mondays at 7 a.m. for a southbound trip to Saratoga Springs arriving at 9:12 a.m. The train departs daily at 10 a.m. from Saratoga Springs arriving in North Creek at 12:09 p.m. Passengers have the opportunity to stay aboard and ride the Adirondack Limited back to Saratoga Springs or enjoy North Creek before departing at 3:45 p.m. on the Hudson Explorer.
The Hudson Explorer conducts daily service from North Creek at 3:45 p.m. arriving in Saratoga Springs at 5:47 p.m. Fridays through Mondays the route makes a return trip to North Creek leaving at 7 p.m. and arriving at 9:09 p.m.
The Adirondack Limited has two departure options on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The first train departs Saratoga Springs at 12:25 p.m. and arrives at North Creek at 2:34 p.m. which allows passengers with a one-hour layover option in North Creek before riding the Hudson Explorer service back to Saratoga Springs. The second option is a North Creek departure at 1 p.m. arriving at Saratoga Springs at 3:12 p.m. This is a convenient connection to the southbound Adirondack Daily service on Amtrak departing at 3:53 p.m.
The train offers a choice of either vintage coach car or dome car seating. The coach cars are roomy and comfortable, ideal for family traveling, while the dome cars offer uninterrupted views of the Adirondacks landscape through large dome windows that wrap overhead.
Round-trip tickets for adults start at $27 for coach cars and $50 for dome seating. Round-trip tickets for children ages 12 and under start at $23 for coach cars and $45 for dome seating. One-way tickets for adults start at $15 for coach cars and $28 for dome seating. One-way tickets for children ages 12 and under start at $10 for coach cars and $15 for dome seating.
No charges apply for baggage or luggage. The railway offers a free separate luggage car for recreational equipment, including bicycles. Passengers receive a baggage check when picking up tickets at the train station; space is limited.
For more information on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, visit www.snccr.com.
About the Saratoga and North Creek Railway
The Saratoga and North Creek Railway is offering visitors a unique way to experience the Adirondack region. With seven stops between its destinations in North Creek and Saratoga Springs, the rail line provides easy access to many friendly towns in the region complete with dining, museums, shopping and special events. Those wishing to find more information on schedules, events, depots and pricing should visit www.sncrr.com or call 877-726-RAIL (7245).
The Saratoga and North Creek Railway, a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC in Chicago, Illinois, is the first privately operated, for-profit, regularly-scheduled intercity passenger rail service in the United States in over 40 years. While there are numerous privately operated tourist railroads, Saratoga and North Creek Railway is operated as a true passenger railway, meeting a stronger set of regulatory requirements for equipment and operations. Iowa Pacific is a privately-held company that owns seven railroads in seven states, plus two railways in the United Kingdom.