Excursion rail service returns to Hadley via North Creek

NORTH CREEK The Upper Hudson River Railroad will debut a new attraction for the 2007 season on June 30, a 40-mile scenic train ride through the Adirondacks along the Hudson River.

Itll go all the way to Hadley, said Upper Hudson spokeswoman Susan Goodspeed. Its really cool.

The trip, called the 40-miler, will culminate by crossing the High Trestle that stretches some 519 feet across the river carrying the train 96 feet above the waters surface. The High Trestle runs adjacent to the Bow Bridge, constructed in 1885 and considered at the time to be an engineering marvel. The Bow Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

The 40-mile trek is the longest train ride offered in the Adirondacks and one of the longest offered in the Northeast, Goodspeed said.

Besides being the longest excursion ride in the Adirondacks, it is incredibly beautiful and at the end you travel over a 96-foot trestle, Goodspeed said.

The new feature run is made possible because restoration of the track between North Creek and Hadley is now complete.

With the exception of a few test runs, this will be a first, Goodspeed said of the inaugural trip on the 30th.

Upper Hudson River Railroad will offer the 40-miler every Saturday from June 30 through Sept. 2.

Its been more than 50 years since the last passenger train ran in Hadley.

For more information, visit the Upper Hudson River Railroad Website at www.uhrr.com

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