Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Scenic Train Rides in New York

Our train rides service Newport, Clinton, Utica, Syracuse, and Hamilton!

COVID 19 Statement

The Adirondack Railroad is ready to begin normal operations the moment that the public gathering restrictions are lifted.  Our trains have not operated since before the coronavirus outbreak began.  As is our normal practice, we cease operations in December and resume in the spring.  Due to the public gathering restrictions we have postponed the Easter Bunny Express, but will run it at a later date.  We plan to follow the remainder of our current schedule, subject to the restrictions being lifted, and will be operating in accordance with practices suggested by the CDC.  We will also be disinfecting our trains between departures, and look forward to seeing you soon!

Featured Experiences

Shawn "BIG SEXY" Smith is putting on a virtual concert!

About Shawn BIG SEXY Smith

For more than 5 years Shawn typically played 3 or 4 nights a week with Showtime and other bands, and within these years he would find his calling. Shawn ended up auditioning for NBC’s The Voice season 5 in 2013 and made it to Team Ceelo with his rendition of Zac Brown Bands “Chicken Fried”. Shawn ended up being eliminated in the Battle Round. Shawn continues to captivate and entertain crowds everywhere he goes.

BIG SEXY has graciously offered to help support the mission of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society by performing a fund raising concert on our behalf. There will be a link that attendees can click to make a donation to the Adirondack Railroad. To attend the concert, simply click the link below to his Facebook page.

The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS), operator of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad aims to preserve and restore rail service between the High Peaks region, Central New York and beyond via rail connections in Utica. ARPS partners with communities and businesses along the line to promote the railway and as an economic development driver while offering historic and environmental education opportunities.

Our vision includes expanding rail and coordinated-trail based offerings, allowing for people of all ages and physical capacities to traverse remote areas of the Adirondack Park.

Help Save The Railroad

Board of Directors Meetings:
Will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:30 AM
at the ASR Office, 330 Main St, Suite 102, Utica, NY 13502
Exceptions will be noted in this space.

The following have been nominated by the current board of directors to serve on the new board of directors:
Frank Kobliski, Ed Kennedy, Jim Ellis, Mark Landgraf

Any member wishing to be nominated needs to send a letter to that effect, addressed to the Secretary of the Board at 330 Main Street, Suite 102, Utica, NY 13501.

Top-Rated Reviews From TripAdvisor

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"Great Way To Spend A Day!"

We chose the Utica-Thendara trip with the layover in Old Forge. First impression was the train station in Utica which was amazing! Well cared for and looked like something out of a movie. Staff were very pleasant and knowledgeable. Train cars were comfortable and the ride was extremely relaxing. Highly recommended for all ages. Will definitely be back!

– Patrick O., TripAdvisor
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"Trip To Thendara With Layover"

Phenomenal trip! The staff was friendly and knowledgable, and by the end of the day's journey, the whole train became friends! The organization linked to getting us to Old Forge was seamless---I am committed to making the Adirondack Scenic Railroad---and the Adirondacks themselves---part of future trips!!!

– Cassandra G., TripAdvisor
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"Adirondack Scenic Railroad Is Fun For Kids Of All Ages!"

When he was in his teens, my 95 year old father used to ride this train to go skiing in Old Forge. In recent years, it has been restored and is available for pleasure trips to Thendara/Old Forge and Big Moose Lake for lunch, We just returned from hosting 25 friends and relatives to the Lake for lunch. EVERYONE enjoyed the trip!!

– Sharon F., TripAdvisor
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"Adirondack Scenic Railroad"

It was a very pleasant trip from Utica NY to Old Forge NY. The rat per person was reasonable. The train left on time and we arrived to our destination on time.There were eight of us, and we were able to sit facing each other. The service on the train, all volunteers, was exceptional. The return trip to Utica N was just as pleasurable as the trip up to Old Forge. I would recommend this attraction as a day of fun and relaxation.

– Joe D., TripAdvisor