Take a scenic train-ride between Utica and Lake Placid on the former New York Central Railroad line with Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Enjoy special trains excursions like the Beer & Wine Train, the Rail & Cruise at Old Forge Lake, the Polar Express and more!
Special Train Rides
Princess and Superhero Train
Meet your favorite fairy tale and comic book characters, as they step off the page and onto the train! Children and adults will delight in the excitement of fiction and fantasy, as the Adirondack Scenic Railroad brings your favorite characters to life.
Tickets include a magical experience at the station; with games, crafts and your favorite characters. Upon departure, you will experience a journey with your favorite Superhero and Princesses! Upon returning to the station enjoy a photo opportunity with your new friends.
This is an experience like no other; A pinch of magic, mystery, and adventure all rolled into one.
Soda Fountain Lunch Train
Take a train back in time with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad! Ride the train north from Utica’s Union Station to Remsen Station to eat at The Soda Fountain, Remsen’s ‘50s-themed restaurant! The Soda Fountain will host the party, and we’ll bring you back to Utica afterward. Dinner is included in the price of your ticket!
Beer & Wine Train
Relax and experience travel by rail, where getting there is part of the fun! Watch the scenic countryside roll by while sipping on the best wines and brews. Travel from Utica’s Union Station north to Remsen Station, enjoying a selection of beers or wines along the way. Adirondack Scenic Railroad will provide live music, light snacks, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
Ride in the first class car and enjoy gourmet hors-d’oeuvres with table service along with choices of beer and wine available for purchase. All first class passengers will have table seating. While you’re on the train, visit the café car and try the light and hearty fare as you ride the rails!
Must be at least 21 years old to ride. All I.D.’s. and bags will be checked, no outside alcohol is permitted.
“We rode in the open air car and were able to feel the breeze and hear the clack of the rails until we reached the “Big Moose” station. We stopped in the shops at “Old Forge” and enjoyed lunch at the “Front Door Diner”.”
—Darcy M., Hunker, PA
History of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad
The New York Central Railroad opened Utica’s Union Station in 1914, the third station to stand on the same site. Previously, the Utica & Schenectady Railroad built Utica’s first railroad station in 1836 and with the completion of the Syracuse & Utica line, it soon became a way station on the route west. This line soon combined with others to eventually form the New York Central in 1853. Until this point, passengers had largely only been traveling westward on the line, however, when the Black River & Utica Railroad began running trains north, Utica became a transfer point for tourists heading towards the Adirondacks. This same line is still in existence today, now operation as Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern and serving Adirondack Scenic Railroad trains as far north as Remsen.
This volunteer-based organization, collectively donating approximately 300,000 hours to protect historic railway and enrich the Adirondack experience for visitors and residents of the region. They have helped this railroad to grow from a four-mile excursion in the Old Forge area to a business that carried over 74,000 passengers annually on hundreds of trains in Utica, Thendara, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Their total ridership has surpassed 1,500,000 people.
Take Amtrak to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Looking to explore Utica after your scenic train ride? Get picked up from Utica Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Hudson office today at: 315-736-0002.