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World’s Largest Garage Sale!

Mark your calendars to visit the Worlds Largest Garage Sale October 4-5 in Warrensburg.  The Saratoga & North Creek Railway will be selling round trip tickets from Saratoga to Thurman specifically for this event. Ticket sales for this will go on sale later this month for $25. Leave your car behind and ride in comfort.

Garage Sale – Flea Market – Craft Fair –  Food Fest – Bargain Hunter’s Dream

At the Warrensburg Worlds LARGEST Garage Sale, you will find EVERYTHING – from antiques, hard-to-find items, old toys, new toys, hats, hardware, vintage clothing, handmade crafts, dollar items and just about anything you can imagine!
Truly a Garage Sale Lovers Dream.  Don’t be surprised to see that garage sales stretch for miles and miles and miles – starting SOUTH of Lake George and continuing North of Warrensburg into the Adirondacks.
This Lake George garage sale was swarming with  buyers before it even had the boxes unpacked!
This Lake George garage sale was swarming with
buyers before it even had the boxes unpacked!

The main street has the most vendors from all over the country, usually selling antiques and clearing out their inventory of products with very good buys… side streets are individual garage sales, the kind antique dealers love to find as treasures are more likely to be found by a resident than a savvy street vendor.

You will have no problem finding something to eat in Warrensburg, as there are street food vendors EVERYWHERE – selling everything from chicken wings, and BBQ ribs to Gourmet chicken pitas and home baked goods.

Vendors from across the nation and more than 100,000 shoppers descend upon Warrensburg every October for the World’s Largest Garage Sale. Held annually the weekend before Columbus Day, the World’s Largest Garage Sale has something to offer everyone from antiques, memorabilia, clothing, furniture, electronics, children’s items and so much more!

Hey Wait. Don’t Go Away. The Saratoga  & North Creek has lots more for you!!!

Fall Foliage Dinner Trains

While we are all enjoying the dog days of summer, now’s the time to plan your fall foliage trip on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway.  Sit back and enjoy the brilliant colors of the Adirondack Mountains this September and October.  Enjoy a sumptuous and romantic meal on the last dinner trains of the season.  Book a group getaway or corporate retreat and take in the majestic fall foliage that upstate New York is known for.

Groups and charters welcome. Sept 10th, Oct 3rd, and Oct 15th. October 15th departure is from North Creek, southbound to Corinth


Saratoga & North Creek Railroad Gets Busy In The Summer

Welcome our newest trip: The North End Local
The railway’s new “North End Local” service runs twice daily on weekends from Thurman Station for passengers with a half-day, full-day or overnight getaway at a low price.

Passengers can enjoy traveling in vintage cars along the historic route to  discover the small town charm of North Creek.

From the depot take a shuttle to main street in North Creek to the many antique shops, country stores, restaurants and Bed & Breakfasts. Or try a shuttle to Gore Mountain for a summer Gondola ride.

Running from July 4th weekend to Labor Day.


What to do on a “Dark Tuesday” at the racetrack

Looking for a romantic new dining option in Saratoga Springs this track season? Why not take advantage of “Dark Tuesdays” at the Saratoga Race Track and reserve your seat aboard the elegant Saratoga Dinner Train.
Enjoy three hours of relaxation, a sumptuous, 4-course gourmet meal, full bar service and breathtaking scenery along the upper Hudson River.

Tuesday evenings July 22-Aug 26


Check dates, make reservations on the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad WebSite


Chuck Schumer! Thanks from many of us who are interested in the railroad reaching from Saratoga to Tahawus

Yes, US Senator Schumer is helping the railroad reaching from Saratoga to Tahawus.
A tax credit intended to help short-line railroads improve their tracks, signals and other infrastructure is due to expire at the end of the month, and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer from New York (some people call him the US Senator from Brooklyn, but he is such a great guy) said he wants to extend it through the end of 2016.

“The health of our small businesses and local economies depends on infrastructure,” he said during a press conference at the Saratoga Springs rail station Monday morning.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway, which operates passenger and freight trains from the Saratoga Springs station to North Creek, is upgrading a line that runs from North Creek to former mines in Tahawus, where it plans to haul rocks left over from mining operations to customers who would use it for  aggregate used in construction and as a source of rare earth elements used by the technology industry.

The Saratoga & North Creek also would haul garnet from the Barton Mines, reducing the amount of truck traffic on local highways, he said.

Schumer’s measure, the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2013, would extend the tax credit that covers half the cost of infrastructure improvements up to a maximum of $3,500 per mile of track. Expanding the railroad’s freight business, Schumer said, would give it a reliable source of revenue and allow it to create 15 full-time jobs.

The Saratoga & North Creek, a unit of Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings, has operated passenger trains for more than two years along the former Delaware & Hudson line to North Creek. This winter it will increase the frequency of its seasonal snow trains, which operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to two round-trips each day.

In the warmer months, it ran multiple trains daily. Railroad spokesman David Simpson said the company would eventually like to connect with Amtrak trains at Rensselaer, as well as at Saratoga Springs, which it does now. One challenge: congestion on the Canadian Pacific rail line from Saratoga Springs south, which has become a busy corridor for the movement of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to the Port of Albany.

Schumer said the railroad and tourism officials also are exploring shuttle service between the Thurman station and Lake George, a popular summertime destination for tourists.

The Saratoga & North Creek, which now carries 50,000 passengers a year, wants to double that figure to 100,000, Schumer said.
My manager is a great fan of Senator Chuck Schumer as well as Senator Kirsten Rutnik Gillibrand (he knows her brother) and said to mention they are both Democrats. Then he wanted me to tell you all about the “Democrats Abroad“.
One of the most active chapters is on the French Riviera where he lives.
They have a “Political Wine” the first Wednesday of each month (except January will be the 8th because of the holiday). Check out the WebSite. It is held at the La Canne à Sucre in Nice.

Lot of cool stuff going on with the Saratoga & North Creek Railway


First of all, Gino’s Rail Page is covering the steam excursions. PLUS A LOT MORE

Newsday Travel listed the Saratoga & North Creek Railway as an “off road excursion” for a great way to take in the fall foliage while letting someone else do the driving. Or for a “bird’s eye view of it all ” they recommend the gondolas at Gore Mountain which you can access from our train stop in North Creek.
 Autumn has arrived in the Adirondacks‏


irondacks in Autumn
Mother Nature shows her true cols
n Autumn
Mother Nature shows her true colors
Don’t just take our word for it   
Newsday Travel listed the Saratoga & North Creek Railway as an “off road excursion” for a great way to take in the fall foliage while letting someone else do the driving. Or for a “bird’s eye view of it all ” they recommend the gondolas at Gore Mountain which you can access from our train stop in North Creek.
Adirondack Fall Foliage Report

Monitor the progress of the colors by contacting the official New York State tourism department at  800-CALLNYS or iloveny.com or try the following sites:

Saratoga & North Creek logs first freight movement on New York line in a quarter-century

Progressive Railroading” magazine had a story about the restart of freight service on the Saratoga & North Creek.


Iowa Pacific Holdings L.L.C. (IPH) announced its Saratoga & North Creek Railway (SNC) subsidiary yesterday moved the first outbound freight shipment in 25 years from North Creek, N.Y., on a long-discontinued rail line.SNC operates 56.5 miles of track between North Creek and a connection with Canadian Pacific in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The line was built in the mid-1800s as the Adirondack Railroad to open up the Adirondack Mountain region to both inbound and outbound passenger- and freight-rail service, but passenger service was discontinued in 1956.

The 29-mile Sanford Lake Branch, running from North Creek to Tahawus, was purchased by IPH last year. The last freight train operated on the upper portion of the line in November 1989, and in 2003, freight service for an International Paper plant in Corinth was discontinued, IPH officials said in a press release.

The north half of the line was purchased by Warren County in 1997, the line from Corinth to Saratoga Springs was bought by the town of Corinth in 2006. IPH acquired operating rights to the line in 2011 and has spent about $1.5 million on track, station and ancillary facility upgrades, including rail replacement, siding rehabilitations, and new ties and ballast.

Industrial minerals shipper Barton International is SNC’s first freight customer, IPH officials said. Other potential commodities for the short line include iron ore, hardwood forest products, aggregates, inbound coal and general merchandise, they said.

SNC also operates scheduled passenger-rail service over the line to North Creek, serving seven intermediate stations.