A Decade of Riding the Rails

The process of rehabilitating the rails according to the countys requirements was a rigorous one. The primary stretch of railway was meticulously restored to a class two track, on which the train can reach speeds of 30 mph. Cosmetic work was done on the trains rolling stock, which was painted in 1998. Two diesel-electric engines are used by the UHRR, one that is leased and one owned by the organization, an original Alco engine built in 1947 in Schenectady. All parts of the engines, excepting one car, have recently been painted in fresh shades of red and green. The original Hudson line was the first line in the 1940s that turned to using only diesel fuel.

When the Upper Hudson River Railroad finally opened for business after the North Creek Depot stood stagnant for years, the response was astonishing. Business boomed, and visitors came from all over to experience the newly restored excursion. The popularity of the train rides is owed to several factors that made this experience unique.

Whats great about it is that its a restored line that hasnt been run in years. People really love that, said Susan Goodspeed, who is in charge of publicity for the UHRR and helps in organizing special events. The thing that sets this line apart is that its absolutely beautiful; it runs along the Hudson River, and the scenery is gorgeous all the way down. And not only do you have tourists who want to ride the old fashioned train, but you have the train buffs that go all over the country to ride these excursion trains. They know all about the restoration process, the signals, the engines.

There are lots of rail enthusiasts out there, agreed Cliff Welz, UHRR operations manager.

Apparently, there is quite an interest in the code-names, signals and lingo historically used by those in the industry.

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