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Saratoga and North Creek Railway – Adirondack Train Attraction

Courtesy of Ed Lewi Associates

We are lucky to live in the Albany area with so many great attractions for every season. As people prepare to make their plans for Summer 2012, we’d like to suggest taking an Adirondack train ride.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway announced 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.

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 Saratoga & 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.

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