Sunday, November 5, 2017

Schenectady Railway Waiting Room

The Schenectady Railway's former Art-Deco waiting room on State Street Hill in Schenectady has been restored...

The new waiting room opened in 1914.  From this location, cars would leave for Troy and Albany.  Also, FJ&G Electric Cars left from this location to return to Gloversville.

Here is work being done on the Foster block of State Street.  A business from Troy called 'Sliding Dirty' has moved into the former Railway building. (PHOTO: Lori Van Buren Times Union)

The new location of Sliding Dirty restaurant has opened in the former Railway location.  The owners took the time to remove the old facade that was covering the old station since the late 1940's.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Please support the S&NC decision to store rail cars

The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad is looking to store rail cars in the yard at Sanford Lake.  These cars are NOT dangerous to the environment and will only be on the line for a short time.  They are clean and empty.  It is a normal situation for Rail Lines to make money on temporary car storage.  The yard at Sanford Lake is very isolated and will not spoil anyone's view of the beautiful Adirondacks.  Please show your support by attending the County Meeting this Friday at 10 Am at the Warren County Municipal Center in Lake George, NY.  Here is the press release from Steve Torrico of the Saratoga And North Creek Railroad...

National Lead Yard at Sanford Lake.  No public access.  (Photo: Gino DiCarlo)

From The Saratoga And North Creek's Management...

Greetings All,

We would like to extend and open invitation to one and all to attend the County meeting this Friday at 10:00AM
We need all the positive support that we can get for our plan to store empty, non-haz mat cars on the privately owned Sanford Lake Branch.
As you all may know, these cars will be stored at the National Lead yard, at the northern end of the branch.
If the SNC ever needed your support… is the time.
These storage cars are a substantial source of revenue the SNC needs in order to help maintain the railroad.

Warren County Municipal Center
1340 State Rd. 9
Lake George, NY 12845

Steven Torrico
Manager Onboard Services
Saratoga & North Creek Rwy.

Monday, October 9, 2017

NEW For The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad

Exciting News For The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad...


Aboard the Saratoga & North Creek Railway

New departure location at Stony Creek Ranch!

All aboard for Christmas Town!

This holiday season we are excited to roll out to your area the international tour of The Train to Christmas Town!  This ride, based upon an original Christmas book, is sure to delight the young and the young at heart. 

As we listen to the story, all riders will be served delicious cookies and hot chocolate by our holly jolly elves and enjoy Christmas songs while we travel. When we arrive at Christmas Town, Santa will board the train to meet each child and hand out a special gift to each girl and boy.

We are excited to partner with Stony Creek Ranch this year for additional holiday features for families including a Christmas Village, the festival of trees, an ice skating rink, sleigh/hay wagon rides, live reindeer and much more! We will have greater details in upcoming emails soon! 
Buy tickets now for the Train to Christmas Town!

"I'm taking the train, whoo-whoo,
the Train to Christmas Town"

The festive atmosphere at the station and on the train includes original holiday music from the Grammy-nominated band “Trout Fishing in America” including:
  • "The Train to Christmas Town"
  • "Chocolate Christmas"
  • "Sometimes Santa Takes the Train"
Get a FREE download of the Train to Christmas Town theme song to get your family excited about their upcoming ride! #WhooWhoo 

Seating options

We offer different classes of service aboard the Train to Christmas Town. All classes of seating enjoy cookies and hot chocolate service on board and all children receive a special gift from Santa!

Diamond Class service is the premier experience for those looking for extra touches of railroad magic and thrill throughout their journey in our elevated dome cars. Diamond Class offers a truly magical experience with the best views of the outdoor production, truly exceptional vintage rail equipment and our special Train to Christmas Town gift bag of surprises including the annual edition mug.

Our First Class passengers are treated to cheery service in traditional railroad fashion while enjoying spacious seating in very special vintage railroad equipment. Get extraordinary views of the approaching Christmas Town as Santa and his elves greet the train and all the passengers on board. An exclusive souvenir mug and Train to Christmas Town bag with special surprises complete first class service.

Just like the scenes in old time movies, our Standard Class cars are set up in traditional railroad style – paired seating on either side of a center aisle. Our comfortable coach cars are an affordable way to gather up the family and ride to Christmas Town! Each passenger in Standard Class receives our Train To Christmas Town activity book with sections for coloring, cast autographs and song lyrics for the sing-a-longs. 
Buy tickets now for the Train to Christmas Town!

See the story come to life! 

The Train to Christmas Town features an engaging cast of storybook characters including Wabash the squirrel,Zephyr the cat, and Bumblebee the huggable bear, all going to Christmas Town on the train.

The book was written by Peggy Ellis, a lifelong educator, and was illustrated by Jeffrey Lee, who is best known as the graphic artist behind the 1980’s arcade game Q*bert. See their bios here
Share your ride! #TraintoChristmasTown 
#TakingtheTrain #WhooWhoo  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall 2017 On The Saratoga And North Creek

Nothing like a Fall (Late Summer) run on The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad...

(All Photos Greg Klingler 2017)

Our beautiful BL-2 leaving North Creek

Thurman Crossing 

I've tried to photograph engineers in the cab before (Not SNC) and have had them shut the window.  Not this guy. This guy is cool having his photo taken which is great!

Riverside Station (Riparius)

I love this little depot at Thurman (Warrensburg)

As always....thanks for sharing Greg!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Railroad proposes storage of hundreds of train cars on local line

Saratoga North Creek Railway
Saratoga North Creek Railway plans to store hundreds of rail cars on a line it owns north of North Creek.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Riding The Sanford Lake Branch

NARCOA's run to Tahawus

North American Railcar Operators Association

It's my second trip in a rail-speeder and this time we head north on the Sanford Lake Branch of The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad.

The one and only Bill 'Madog' Kozel

Madog's sweet former CN-Speeder

The leaves are starting to change in Adirondack Park

Beautiful late Summer skies and red, orange and green...

Entering the yard at Tahawus.  Hopefully hoppers will sit here ready to transport tailings to market

A former D&H snowplow sits exposed on the wye track at Tahawus.  A shop building used to protect it, but for some reason it was dismantled.

Here is the Wye track that the plow sits on

End of track heading north.  Walk further on private property and see the Adirondack High-Peaks

The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad let it be known that where the tracks end, their property ends.  The former operation site is still owned by National Lead and trespassing is forbidden.

The great members of NARCOA take a break to eat lunch and enjoy the spectacular scenery

A hotel should be built here only accessed by The SNCRR.  It would be a 4-star resort with the best view in the Adirondacks

Pure wilderness is what I saw out the cab of Madog's Speeder!

Some passenger cars sit deep in the North Country, not bothering anyone at all. You may remember a few years ago that protesters of the idea of storing tankers on the branch caused a stir when they said these cars were polluting the forest!

You'll cross the headwaters of the Hudson River twice when you ride the Branch

The best way for all to enjoy these views is a scenic train ride to Tahawus!

Hudson River Rapids

Hopper cars stored near the Barton Mine property.  Hopefully the Railroad will start shipping garnett for this company!

Stored just above North Creek are some classic-EMDs.  Hopefully these museum-pieces will roll through the Adirondack again!

The #56, ex-BAR BL-unit waits in the wings for future runs.

Special thanks to Madog Bill for inviting me along.  It's a dream come true to ride the rails in a vintage speeder!  Thank you to The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad for welcoming NARCOA to ride their rails.  Justin Gonyo escorts us up and down the line which is a privilege having the Super with us!

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