In 2015, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad carried over 74,000 passengers, an all-time high for the 24-year old organization. If Spring 2016 sales are any indication, the Railroad projects that 2016 will break the previous year’s record.
The spring season kicked off March 26th with the Easter Bunny Express, a train ride geared for children and families, which travels from Holland Patent to Remsen. The event sold out over a month in advance the company said, even with additional added capacity. A total of four trips carried over 1,500 passengers.
Every year, tickets for The Polar Express go on sale April 1st. This is the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s largest fundraiser and has grown to carry over 18,000 passengers annually. Polar Express sales in April of 2015 increased 91.8% over the same period in 2014, and April sales for Polar in 2016 have surpassed 2015 by 146% according to the company.
Pre-sale tickets for the monthly Beer & Wine Trains are available here. Entertainment throughout the season will be provided by a list of local bands and musicians featuring the The Mechanix Trio, The HazBinz, Rabbit and the Rye, and many more. The beer and wine selections will highlight local wineries and microbreweries.
The regular excursion schedules kick off in June with departures from Utica, Thendara, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid.
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is operated on the nonprofit Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS) which aims to preserve and restore rail service between the High Peaks region, Central New York and beyond via rail connections in Utica.
In 2015, New York State proposed removing the rail infrastructure between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid in fall of 2016. The organization is currently fighting to continue rail service departing from those stations beyond this year.
Photo of Adirondack Scenic Railroad Pumpkin Train provided.