Railway curbs winter trips to North Creek in New York State

December 4, 2015

By Paul Post, The Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Eliminating January and February snow trains from Saratoga Springs to North Creek won’t have a major impact on Gore Mountain business, said Michael Pratt, the state-run ski resort’s manager.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

Citing lack of ridership, parent company Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC has decided not to run the Saratoga & North Creek Railway it owns during those months.

However, the trains might return in March when students are on spring break, company President Ed Ellis said Wednesday.

“It might be every day for a couple of weeks or just weekends,” he said. “We haven’t decided yet.”

The company revived snow trains in 2012 with a goal of replicating the Great Depression-era runs that once took pioneering Capital Region ski enthusiasts to North Creek. The first such trip was organized by the Schenectady Wintersports Club, comprised largely of General Electric Co. employees, and reached North Creek on March 4, 1934.

In 2014, the railway marked the 80th anniversary of that historic outing with a special reduced-priced fare – $19.34.

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