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Johnsburg celebrates the 75th anniversary of the 'snow train'

"I remember my first trip on the snow train," Castaneda said. "It was in 1938 and I was in eighth grade - the ticket only cost 25 cents."

Castaneda said that in the bygone days she gladly sacrificed her allowance to ride the train from Schenectady in order to enjoy a day at the North Creek Ski Bowl.

The North Creek depot is also part of a larger effort by Warren County to reconstruct a railway through the county to increase tourist traffic in the communities of Thurman, Stony Creek, Luzerne, Riparius and Johnsburg.

Over the last several years the county has spent approximately $2.2 million in constructing passenger platforms at several stops along the rail line..

Advocates of the railway have contended that passengers on regularly scheduled trips will exit the trains at the stops and patronize local businesses.

In recent weeks, some Warren County Supervisors have questioned the expenditures, stating that the return may fall short of expectations.

Glens Falls Supervisor-at-Large Bill Kenny, an opponent of the railway, has referred to the Thurman platform as a "glorified manger" that won't see much traffic.

But Goodspeed, a staunch supporter of the tourist train endeavor, argues that the local economy requires the rail expansion. The train is a vital element in Johnsburg developing a vibrant four-season tourist economy, he said Thursday. For the Johnsburg Supervisor, the local economic indicators are impressive, especially within the backdrop of a national recession.

"This is such a remarkable community," Goodspeed said. "If you drive through Main Street on a Friday night you will see that we are a viable town and this train will only work to strengthen that viability."

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