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Railway’s new initiatives, freight and local wine, praised by county officials

Saratoga & North Creek Railway operations manager Justin Gonyo and promoter Sue Wilder display a prototype of the railway’s private-brand wine, which Gonyo said would be available to rail passengers as soon as this summer.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway operations manager Justin Gonyo and promoter Sue Wilder display a prototype of the railway’s private-brand wine, which Gonyo said would be available to rail passengers as soon as this summer. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “It was a very good crowd,” he said.

Also, Gonyo said that 283 passengers had ridden the railway’s Snow Train service so far this year, an increase of nine passengers from January 2013.

Representing the railway, Sue Wilder of Hadley said that the firm was boosting its cooperative marketing efforts with various hotels, motels, attractions and restaurants to boost commerce in North Creek. She also noted that a special train excursion honoring area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will occur Saturday Feb. 8, with themed onboard activities and an afternoon of free tubing at the North Creek Ski Bowl. The participants are to board at the Hadley-Luzerne train station. For details, call (877) 726-7245 or see: www.sncsnowtrain.com.

Gonyo noted that for all the railway’s trips, passengers can get on a scheduled train at any of their train stations along the route, by informing a railway representative when reservations are made.

Warren County Parks & Recreation Director Paul Butler reported that extensive upgrades to the Thurman Rail station’s new interior were being completed.

“The work will absolutely be done by spring,” he said.

This summer, the railway is undertaking a variety of initiatives to boost ridership. Planned are day trips between Thurman and North Creek aimed primarily at Lake George visitors as well as slashed prices for short trips between local stations. Also slated are general discounts for seniors, youth, students and families.

Bolton Town Supervisor Ron Conover, who chairs the county’s Public Works Committee, hailed Gonyo’s news.

“It’s a pleasure to see these initiatives,” Conover said. “It’s impressive to see how far this has come — ‘Great job!”

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