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A Decade of Riding the Rails

In all railroad history, all employees have nicknames like, new-guy, mile- post, smokey, and stoker, Welz continued. The train crew must also be well versed in hand signals and radio contact up to ten cars away. And there are old signs along the railroad that were indicators to engineers, like mile-markers and whistle posts, or bridge and crossing indicators.

These days, the UHRR has been able to expand its available destinations and hosts a variety of events.

Initially, the county purchased the 8 miles that was the first phase, but there was always the intention to extend it further south. said Goodspeed.

The first 40 miler, a trip that runs from North Creek to Hadley, was launched in June of 2006 and has enjoyed success ever since. One of the highlights of this trip is going over a breathtaking 96 foot trestle that extends over the Sacandaga River. Notable events in the 10-year history of the UHRR have included the Race the Train event, the Train Robbery performances that have evolved over time and been known to draw enormous ticket sales, and the Thomas the Tank Engine events that have attracted thousands of children from all over. Hudson River Highballs where you can ride the train and hear live music from Adirondack performers are a hit, and the possibilities dont end there; you can take a canoe to 1000 acres in Hadley and back, or treat your children to a Teddy Bear Train. Weddings and Birthday parties have also been held on board. There are endless things to do on a train ride with UHRR and the ideas just keep on building.

The next step in expanding the railroad will include extending the line south to Saratoga. After Hadley, the line is owned by the town of Corinth, and further rehabilitation in this area is slated to be completed by Tartaglia Contracting.

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