Newcomb, North Creek to celebrate Teddy Roosevelt

— • Join Teddy Roosevelt for a “Whistle Stop” speech on a section of the newly reopened Tahawus rail line 2:30-3:30 p.m. Iowa Pacific will bring an engine and caboose to the railroad crossing at the Tahawus/Blue Ridge Road intersection. Parking is available at the site. Note: public is not allowed to board the train.

For more information about the Newcomb event, visit online at www.newcombny.com.

North Creek

Teddy Roosevelt returns to North Creek on Sept. 13-15. The Saratoga & North Creek Railway welcomes renowned Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand for a series of themed events in North Creek to commemorate the president’s history with the region and the 1901 ride on horse-drawn buckboard when he learned he would become president.

Some of the activities include:

•Historic crafts and trade demonstrations

•“First Person” talks by Roosevelt

•Rough Rider pony rides

•Olde Tyme BBQ in the Kellogg Park with barbershop quartet performances

•Teddy bear tea and story time for children 

Many events are free and all take place rain or shine.

North Creek will also welcome The Leviathon No. 63. This highly sought-after reproduction steam engine will make its first visit to New York and the Northeast for this event. This replica is faithfully reproduced from the original design of the steam engine constructed at the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1868 that was one of four commissioned by the Central Pacific Railroad.

This reproduction took 10 years to build and is full sized and standard gauge. It uses fuel oil rather than wood to power its engine.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway will run one round trip daily from Saratoga to North Creek featuring this steam locomotive. Special stops will allow railroad buffs to take photos, etc. at Riparius station. The historic turntable in North Creek will host demonstrations using this locomotive.

The Teddy Roosevelt Dinner will be held Sept. 14 at the Garnet Hill Lodge in North River. It will include hay rides, a buffet-style dinner and “Life in the Adirondacks,” Tales from Teddy presented by Joe Wiegand.

For more information, visit online at www.sncrr.com.

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