End of an era
In 1914, a series of railroad mergers resulted in what became known as The New York Central. It operated a railway system that stretched across central and upstate New York until the end of World War II, when improved roads and highway construction made automobile travel the preferred means of transportation for the majority of Americans. New York Central, like numerous other passenger train companies, was forced to abandon track after track until finally in 1965 it discontinued service along the scenic Lake Placid-to-Utica section, and it eventually dissolved.
In 1992, a group of preservationists formed The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS), and with the support of both private and public funding, has restored almost 70 miles of beautiful Adirondack mountain passenger service. Now called the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, it manages and operates several seasonal lines between Lake Placid in the north, and Utica in the south, with plans to expand its service. Every year between Memorial Day and Thanksgiving, a growing number of vacationers, tourists, nature lovers, and historical enthusiasts enjoy this spectacular highland train ride.
Travel back in time
The trains which wind their way through Adirondack Park, as well as the historical railway stations along the way, are staffed by over 150 volunteers and a small number of paid employees. Specialty trips are also available which feature exciting theatrical productions of murder mysteries and old-style train robberies.
Whether you and your special someone are looking for a romantic getaway, or you're simply seeking the nostalgia of a time and place when the Adirondacks were the exclusive playground of such wealthy notables as the Carnegies and Vanderbilts, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad can take you there.
Find out more
For more information about tickets, reservations, lodging, and tours, e-mail Train@AdirondackRR.com or call 1-877-508-6728.