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Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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315- 724-0700

About Us

The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society was started by a group of devoted preservationists who, in 1992, banded together and proposed to fix and operate a short section of the former New York Central line from Thendara south to Minnehaha. New York State approved the four mile demonstration and on July 4, 1992, the Adirondack Centennial Railroad ran its first train. With a positive response from the public, New York State allowed the railroad to operate again in 1993. In July of 1994 the Adirondack Centennial Railroad became the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and New York State has extended the permission to run each year since.

With the support of individuals, corporate and foundation sponsorships, and large measures of support from government leaders, we have returned nearly 80 miles of track to passenger service, acquired and refurbished enough equipment to provide comfortable, safe, regular seasonal service, beginning in April and continuing December, and carried more than one million tourists and outdoor enthusiasts to experience some of the most pristine mountain terrain in remote areas of the Adirondacks. All with minimal impact on the environment.

Our operation has spurred the restoration or reconstruction of historic stations in Holland Patent and Remsen, New York, and the people of Tupper Lake are now rebuilding their railroad station.

The Preservation Society that operates the railroad is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation chartered by the New York State Department of Education. The Railroad is staffed by 150 volunteers and only a few full, and part-time employees.


Nathaniel Todd

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
My family takes a trip on the Polar Express Train every year near Christmas and it is always a treat. The station leading up to boarding time is bustling with activity. There is always some sort of performance or activities for the kids to pass the time while waiting. The train ride itself is lovely. There is a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express and live actors playing some of the roles from the film. There are always beautiful light displays on residences along the way. To top it all off, when your train reaches the "North Pole," Santa himself comes aboard and spends several minutes with each family. The ride isn't cheap but is a lovely time and a memory to cherish with your family for years to come.

John-Paul Lafata

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Took my first trip to Utica to bring my kids on the Polar Express Train Ride just last night. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much when my wife purchased tickets, but was I wrong! The station was beautiful and train cabins were spacious with big cushioned (albeit, slightly worn) reclining chairs. Having just watched the movie and read the book with my children the prior night, I can say they did not miss a thing. The conductor, the non believer, the hobo, the know-it-all and of course the hot chocolate! The actors did a great job and really brought the characters to life. The only bit of constructive criticism I can give is lose the decorations at "The North Pole". The holiday lights on the Holland Patent station were great, but the fake deer and elf homes got some of the kids on the train questioning what was going on. All and all it was amazing and a really memorable night. We will definitely be back again next year!

Harron James

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Have do the beer and wine train ride and it is sooo fun. So much fun that you will definitely need an uber or lyft if you go.

Jack Moody

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
Warning: My wife and I set up my reservations for the Oct 6 beer and wine train. I set up my reservations on 6/28/2017. I invited some neighbors to go on this ride and the Big moose ride the next day. When my neighbors got around to setting reservations for the beer and wine train the trip was sold out. I tried to cancel in August and they would not return my $100. If you are thinking of going make sure you are positive you can make it.

Joshua Souweine

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
We did the polar Express tour. What a wonderful experience. Would highly suggest it to others.

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