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October 26, 2012

Adirondack Railroad looks to add pullman, sleeper excursion

LAKE PLACID — Railroad companies are joining forces to reinstate passenger service from New York City to Lake Placid along a historic railway.

The new railroad excursion would utilize the Lake Placid to Remsen corridor.

On Thursday, Adirondack Rail Preservation Society announced an agreement to develop the tourist option and other railway uses with Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two lines suggests establishing “high-end excursion passenger service” using restored Pullman railcars and sleeping cars.

“This (memorandum) has been the subject of several months of effort as our two organizations established the basis for a working relationship and as Iowa Pacific fully assessed the potential of the Adirondack Railroad as the next in their continuing series of successful rail-service developments across the country,” Bill Branson, president of the Railroad Preservation Society, said in a press release.

The news came in advance of a celebratory trip on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid on Thursday afternoon.

OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONS

Iowa Pacific Holdings, based in Chicago, operates passenger and freight railroads throughout the United States.

“These include the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad in the eastern Adirondacks and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, the Mt. Hood Railroad, High Iron Travel, the Texas-New Mexico Railroad and the West Texas & Lubbock Railway, as well as the Machuu Picchu Train in the Andes in South America. In addition, Iowa Pacific owns the Pullman Sleeping Car Company,” the release said.

And Pullman Co. is in the process of restoring some 70 historic passenger, dining and sleeper cars.

“This year, they have announced and are about to initiate Pullman Rail Journeys, operating high-end overnight excursions similar to those operated in many areas of Europe, such as the famous Orient Express. The first tour venture will begin in early November from Chicago to New Orleans,” Branson said in the release.

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