Tourist trains to run by July

Munley said Iowa Pacific is looking into providing a way for outdoor adventurers to bring their larger gear, like bikes and kayaks, on board for excursions into the mountains.

Iowa Pacific will be cross-promoting the Saratoga-North Creek service on other other scenic rail lines in the U.S. Munley said, and they'll be making consignment tickets available through area stores.

Also, Iowa Pacific is developing a website that Munley said would cross-promote local businesses while helping potential train passengers plan a trip.

Warren County's contract with Iowa Pacific guarantees local taxpayers an income of $81,958 to $190,000 - six percent of the rail line's gross revenues - depending on the success of the rail service.

In the agreement, Iowa Pacific Holdings pledges to operate at least 100 round-trip passenger trains from May to October, and a minimum of 30 ski trains and at least 50 dining excursions.

Perky Granger, an events planner and publicist in Thurman, said she and others in Thurman are devising ways to cross-promote and incorporate train service with events in her town, like the Fall Farm Tour.

"We are impressed with the new folks and their expanded schedule," she said. "It will be a whole new experience for the communities and for the passengers who ride."

(Adirondack Journal Editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.)

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