NORTH CREEK - Upper Hudson River Railroad's (UHRR) North Creek station bustled Monday afternoon as personnel, including railroad manager Cliff Welz, welcomed a new 1943 American Locomotive Company (ALCO) S2 train to the local tracks.
"We were excited to see it roll in," said Welz. "And we are certainly happy it's here."
The train made the trip from Schenectady via a wide load tractor trailer. It will begin hauling passenger cars as soon as it is qualified by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), according to Welz.
"We expect it to begin use on the tracks by the second week in July," he said.
The S2 was ALCO's best selling engine in the mid-1900's and brings years of history to local riders and train enthusiasts alike. It will join the two existing engines at the North Creek station and increase their passenger capacity to accommodate for the new route that will operate from Corinth to Thurman, opening on July 14.
On the heels of two Thomas the Tank weekends as well as special Americade and Father's Day trips, the UHRR officially opens July 1. The trains were filled to capacity for the Thomas weekends and did significant business for the other special events.
Welz is optimistic about the upcoming season for UHRR.
"As we continue to grow in capacity, it is a sign of good things to come for the railroad," he said.