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Saratoga-North Creek Railway expands summer season

To offer daily service, themed train events

City of Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson (right) helps to launch the summer and fall 2012 season of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway at the Saratoga Springs Train Station on Wednesday, May 16. For the first time in its history, the railway will offer service seven days a week to its seven flag stops throughout the First Wilderness Corridor when the new season begins on Saturday, May 26. In celebration of the Memorial Day opening weekend, all active duty military and veterans will receive free round-trip and one-way rides from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring an item to donate to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. Collection bins will be stationed at railway stops in Saratoga Springs and North Creek. From left to right: Operation Adopt-a-Soldier Co-Chair Terri Perry; Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow; and Saratoga & North Creek General Manager Steve Torrico.

City of Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson (right) helps to launch the summer and fall 2012 season of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway at the Saratoga Springs Train Station on Wednesday, May 16. For the first time in its history, the railway will offer service seven days a week to its seven flag stops throughout the First Wilderness Corridor when the new season begins on Saturday, May 26. In celebration of the Memorial Day opening weekend, all active duty military and veterans will receive free round-trip and one-way rides from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring an item to donate to Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. Collection bins will be stationed at railway stops in Saratoga Springs and North Creek. From left to right: Operation Adopt-a-Soldier Co-Chair Terri Perry; Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow; and Saratoga & North Creek General Manager Steve Torrico.

— The summer and fall season will continue with a number of other special events and offers for train passengers, including a free ride for dads on Father’s Day weekend; patriotic festivities for the 4th of July; character-themed rides for kids; and trips to a variety of outdoor activities at Gore Mountain. More information about the full calendar of special events can be found at www.sncrr.com.

Railway passengers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of activities and events in downtown North Creek, including the official grand opening of the artisan and craft emporium The Exchange on June 23. A developing version of The Exchange will welcome visitors on weekends only in conjunction with the launch of the summer train season on Memorial Day weekend.

The Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s summer and fall season will operate daily passenger service between Saratoga Springs and North Creek beginning Saturday, May 26 through Wednesday, October 31. The railway offers three routes that run between the two stations:

The New York Express departs North Creek Fridays through Mondays at 7 a.m. for a southbound trip to Saratoga Springs arriving at 9:12 a.m. The train departs daily at 10 a.m. from Saratoga Springs arriving in North Creek at 12:09 p.m. Passengers have the opportunity to stay aboard and ride the Adirondack Limited back to Saratoga Springs or enjoy North Creek before departing at 3:45 p.m. on the Hudson Explorer.

The Hudson Explorer conducts daily service from North Creek at 3:45 p.m. arriving in Saratoga Springs at 5:47 p.m. Fridays through Mondays the route makes a return trip to North Creek leaving at 7 p.m. and arriving at 9:09 p.m.

The Adirondack Limited has two departure options on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The first train departs Saratoga Springs at 12:25 p.m. and arrives at North Creek at 2:34 p.m. which allows passengers with a one-hour layover option in North Creek before riding the Hudson Explorer service back to Saratoga Springs. The second option is a North Creek departure at 1 p.m. arriving at Saratoga Springs at 3:12 p.m. This is a convenient connection to the southbound Adirondack Daily service on Amtrak departing at 3:53 p.m.

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