NORTH CREEK Now that the Saratoga and North Creek Railway has established daily runs to the North Creek train station this summer and fall, business leaders and tourism officials are working hard to attract New York City travelers.
That was evident Thursday, May 17 when representatives from several local businesses and Warren County Tourism attended the annual New York By Rail trade show at Penn Station in New York City. Those attending the show are advertisers in the New York By Rail magazine, which promotes tourism destinations in the state reached by Amtrak railroad service.
And North Creek is one of those destinations. The new train schedule between Saratoga Springs and North Creek gives New York City and Capital District travelers the opportunity to take an Amtrak train to Saratoga, where they can board the Saratoga and North Creek Railway. Layovers in Saratoga are required during the mid-week, but through traffic is available Friday to Monday.
Local attractions attending the New York By Rail event included the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, Whitewater Challengers, Hudson River Rafting and the Gore Mountain Ski Center. Plus, there were representatives from Warren County Tourism and the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“That was a good turnout for us,” said Warren County Tourism Group Tour Promoter Tanya Brand, who said they were able to create their own Warren County space at Penn Station to promote the region.
Brand said many train hoppers recognized Lake George and other small communities in Warren County. By mid-day, they had given out the 600 travel guides they brought.
Some Penn Station travelers were surprised that there’s direct train service to North Creek through Saratoga Springs.
“They said, ‘Oh, I didn’t realize I could take Amtrak direct to Saratoga,’” Brand said, adding that there was a lot of interest in the Saratoga and North Creek Railway. “That was something new to talk about.”