continued Passenger service
The SNC is currently working on marketing efforts for its 2013 summer season. They will be re-creating the D&H’s Summer Paradise marketing campaign, creating packages for travelers that will include rail service, hospitality at places such as the Copperfield Inn, and family entertainment at attractions such as the Lake George Steamboat Company.
At one point, the D&H had owned the rail line between North Creek and Saratoga Springs, as well as the Lake George Steamboat Company. Visitors who want to take the train and a scenic boat ride on Lake George will be able to ride the train from Saratoga to Thurman, where they will be shuttled 12 miles to the Steamboat Company in downtown Lake George.
“Basically your vacation can start once you get on one of our trains,” Gonyo said.
The SNC is also establishing weekend passenger service in the off-season months of March, April and May.
“While we rely on tourist-based passenger trains, we want to show that we’re a year-round operation,” Gonyo said. “The SNC doesn’t close its doors between the end of the ski season and the summer. It doesn’t close its doors at the end of the summer and the beginning of the winter ... We want to see more trains.”
The SNC created daily runs from Saratoga Springs to North Creek this past summer, including several days of the week that tourists could take trains from New York City to North Creek in the same day. They could leave Penn Station on Amtrak in the morning and have dinner at the Copperfield in the evening.
“Iowa Pacific is eagerly looking to establish more of a foothold in the Northeast,” Gonyo said. “And with the SNC not even being two years old yet, we’ve already achieved some pretty significant points here on the Adirondack Branch. Every day, it’s pushing it forward, growing it more.”