Tuesday, February 9, 2016

They'll be cookin' on the railroad this summer

Dome car as seen crossing the Sacandaga River Bridge
Beginning this summer, you'll be able to climb on the gravy train. Literally.

The Saratoga and North Creek Railway, which runs between Saratoga Springs and North Creek, is adding dining trains to its service beginning Friday, June 3. The service will run through Sunday, October 30.

The concept, called “Pullman Table” as a nod to the golden age of train travel when Pullman cars offered complete food service as well as sleeper service to passengers on many lines, will (caution: metaphor change ahead) jump on the bandwagon by utilizing three-course meals with regionally-sourced foods.

Tickets for the service, which will be available in the domed scenic car, will go on sale this Thursday, February 11, by calling 877-726-7245 or going to the railroad's website.

As the railroad explains it, "The railroad is transitioning its concept of food service to focus more on the agricultural bounty of the Adirondack Region. Sourcing food within mere miles of the railroad and using providers that believe in sustainable agriculture ensures that our guests are enjoying the freshest, highest quality ingredients available."

The dining trains will not travel the entire length of the railroad. A separate North End Local service will provide transportation at North Creek.

Lunch trains will operate on Fridays, dinner trains on Saturdays, brunch trains on Sundays. Additional lunch and dinner trains will operate on Tuesdays during the thoroughbred summer racing season at the Saratoga Race Course.

Ticket prices: $99 for Standard Class and $125 for Diamond Class which includes the meal. A limited number of private tables will be available at an extra for per-person charge.

The Saratoga and North Creek route covers 57 miles. Stops, schedules, and other information are on the website.
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