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Spectators will notice a very unique train making its way out of Utica and through the Adirondack Park this week.
Twenty privately owned vintage rail cars, pulled by Amtrak locomotives, will travel along the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to Old Forge on Thursday, Sept. 14.
There are a wide variety of cars on this trip ranging from domes and lounges to round end observation, business and sleeper cars, with the age extending from 1911 to the 1950s.
The owners are as diverse as the cars; from retired railroaders to business owners, but all sharing a commitment to preserving railroad history. Many of the car owners travel the country to remote locations, only accessible by rail car.
The Adirondack Preservation Society operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, offering heritage train excursions through the six million acre Adirondack Park. The mission of the railroad is to restore service between Utica and Lake Placid. If the rail line were restored, more opportunities for private charters, like Thursday’s excursion, would be realized.
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is gearing up for heavy fall ridership with trains departing Utica and Old Forge stations five days a week. Although this particular train of multicolored cars will make great visuals and photographs for area residents, the cars will not be open to the public.
This article first appeared on www.timestelegram.com
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