Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the Saratoga and North Creek Railway is a shortline railroad that runs between Saratoga Springs and North Creek. This historical railroad was once the Adirondack Railway built by Thomas C. Durant in 1871 and acquired by Delaware and Hudson Railway (D&H) in 1889. In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was at the North Creek station when he learned that William McKinley was assassinated. After the Lake Placid Olympics in 1932, North Creek built ski trails at Gore Mountain, and the first D&H ski train from Schenectady to North Creek in 1934. North Creek soon garnered fame as home to the state’s first downhill ski center, Gore Mountain.
In addition to the scenic beauty of the Hudson River and Adirondacks, the excitement of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Gore Mountain, the Saratoga and North Creek Railway provides access to many of the region’s farmer’s markets, antique shopping spots, and museums and galleries. Popular spots include the Hudson River Trading Company, Garnet Hill Lodge, North Creek Depot Museum, and The Rustic Homestead and Streamside Fly-Shop. The Hudson River Trading Company’s Lodge & Camp merchandise provides a window into the region’s past; Garnet Hill Lodge offers rafting, fishing, biking and hiking; North Creek Depot Museum offers educational programs and exhibits; and The Rustic Homestead and Streamside Fly-Shop encompasses the rustic charm of the region as a renowned furniture shop, art gallery, fly shop, and fishing outfitter.
The Saratoga and North Creek railways include The Hudson Explorer, The New York Express, and The Gore Mountain Snow Train. The Hudson Explorer is the railway’s classic excursion that begins in Saratoga Springs in morning with return trips to North Creek in the late afternoon. The New York Express provides morning service from North Creek to Saratoga Springs, where riders head to the Saratoga racetrack or to NYC. After a half-century hiatus, The Gore Mountain Snow Train once again brings skiers and sightseers to North Creek. Diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and beverages in the Golden Sands and Bryce Canyon Vintage Coach Cars as they take in the beauty of the Adirondacks.