continued Having a one-stop space for information on attractions and services on the railway’s website makes it easy for travelers to plan their stays.
“We are hoping that by showing so much to do that multi-day stays become more the norm,” Craige-Sherman said. “We are starting to see that build slowly. Hotels in North Creek who are doing train packages are starting to see this.”
Officials at Iowa Pacific Holdings, the parent company of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, decided early on to make these free listings available to local businesses.
“It is a symbiotic relationship,” Craige-Sherman said. “The more visitors see there is a reason to travel to North Creek or other stops along the route, the more passengers we have and the more customers businesses have. It’s win-win.”
Changes to listings can be made within a few days. The listings are limited to towns along the railroad line and communities that the railway services by a shuttle, or businesses that provide shuttle service from the train station to their business.
Events to be listed should be unique and held in towns along the railroad line. They should preferably be multi-day events.
“More communities are looking into thinking this way if they want to tap the passengers on board,” Craige-Sherman said.