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New excursion train tours Adirondacks

The tourist train offers three different excursions.

The tourist train offers three different excursions. Submitted photo

— What if you could take a scenic, two-hour train ride through the Adirondacks while enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner? If a day on the rails is something you’ve never done (or always wanted to do) then all aboard the new Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s excursion train.

“Apparently, the Adirondacks seem to be a place that people are attracted to,” said Steve Torrico, a general manager for the railway in Saratoga.

The “tourist train” welcomed its first passengers at the end of July and Torrico said even in the short time its been operating, there’s a definite interest.

There are three different trips to choose from and they all run between Saratoga Springs and North Creek.

The Hudson Explorer leaves Saratoga Springs in the morning and returns in the late afternoon with time to enjoy destinations along the way, like farmer’s market, craft fairs, museums and shopping. Breakfast and lunch is available.

The Merganser is a more leisurely option and offers north and south bound scenic rides between North Creek and Thurman before its return to Saratoga Springs. Lunch is available.

The New York Express leaves early in the morning from North Creek for Saratoga Springs. Breakfast and dinner is available.

“North Creek is a charming community and right now we run one train that departs Saratoga at 10 a.m. to North Creek and lays over there a little over three hours. That train seems to be our most popular,” said Torrico. “What’s unique is we have a dining car and offer full breakfast, lunch or dinner.”

Passengers can ride in a coach car, which is much like a classic train car, or a dome car, which was built in 1954 for the Santa Fe railroad and has an upstairs where riders sit under dome glass.

“There are tables up there, white tablecloths, flowers, vases, a waiter with a white coat and you can enjoy a meal or cocktail while riding the train,” said Torrico.

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