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Adirondack Scenic Railroad

321 Main St, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501-1229
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Worst train ride ever

We took the fall foliage w/o the layover. They left late, overbooked, we sat in the cafe car and... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
lgmmoff
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Woodstown, New Jersey
Nice Fall trip

My wife and I took the lunch train from Utica to Big Moose. The conductor was very friendly. Seats... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Stephen B
via mobile
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All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station. For more information on on departures or for contact information please check out our website.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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321 Main St, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501-1229
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We took the fall foliage w/o the layover. They left late, overbooked, we sat in the cafe car and the line for the cafe extended all the way through the car, so people's backsides were in your space the whole time. They ran out of...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I took the lunch train from Utica to Big Moose. The conductor was very friendly. Seats were comfortable. The train was slow due to track construction. Choose a seat that has a nice window view. Some windows have condensation. The lunch at...More

Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Taking the train from Utica to Thendara to see the fall colors was a great experience. Being able to see the colors from inside the forest really lets you appreciate the layers, and tossing in streams, lakes, and the occasional waterfall was a bonus. Only...More

Thank Karen K
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

I tried making reservations last year but was too late as all dates were sold out. Reserved early for this year and wasn't disappointed. The day was perfect with temperature, weather and a full train! We chose the Utica to Thendara trip without layover. In...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

we took the train from Utica to Big Moose. the trip was pleasant. On the way up it was dreary , overcast with light rain.All in all it was a nice trip. If you book a trip , purchase the meal tickets for big moose...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Wow! We rode to Thendara Station and even got there 15 minutes early! We chose to stand I. the open air baggage coach on the way up. The creosote coated cross ties, the smell of fresh pine, the rhythms of the rail, the Eerie minor...More

Thank K4Pacific
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

On our trip to Old Forge we made our way to the Thendara train station to catch a ride on the Adirondack scenic railroad. Well this time around my daughter picked the Loomis gang train robbery ride. Wow what a great ride lots of characters...More

Thank Maridale2013
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

Took our two grandchildren on this old Adirondack Railroad Scenic lunch tour for their first ever train ride (8 and 10 yrs. old). The train left late and was really, really old and dirty. Some of the windows were so dirty you couldn't see out...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Scenic railroads are just that..a way to see the countryside. This one took us to Old Forge where there was a layover where you could spend the afternoon. Lots of shops and restaurants.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Train ride was somewhat bland, as there was some talk about what the railroad was all about, and the areas in the western Adirondack Mountains that we were traveling through. Train was all coach cars of Canadian National vintage. Just rudimentary snacks on the baggage...More

Thank Bruce1515
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Glen K
16 June 2016|
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Response from jomint | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would also say the best thing is to call. As I'm not sure of what specials they have. Some times they have groups making a special trip. Also I think they have a Web Site.
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dcinquenti
10 May 2016|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
Their website would have the information you need but no, I don't think they have daily scenic trips. I think it depends on the time of the year. Some weeks there are many more trips than at other times.
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Anita F
10 October 2015|
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Response from Adirondack Scen... M | Property representative |
Hello Anita, Yes, there are good amount of great shops to check out in Old Forge. If you take the train from Utica to Thendara with the layover, you have around four hours to explore Old Forge and its shops. We also have a... More
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