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Photo submitted - This is a new engine bought by the railroad in 2011. It sits next to the Big Moose Station. The ASR is planning to have riders out to the station in 2013.

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Scenic railroad has a good year

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - Updated: 11:48 AM

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad finished up the year in the North Country with the last trains out of Thendara on Dec 1. The railroad offered two types of Christmas trains; trains out of Utica that laid over all day and returned to Utica after the Christmas Tree Lighting and the Santa trains to Otter Lake.

The railroad partnered with Stuart deCamp owner of the original Thendara town hall. The hall has been converted into Santa’s magical Candyland. All the children rode the train to Otter Lake with Mrs Claus while making a Christmas wish list for Santa and receiving candy from Santa’s elves. Once they returned to Thendara Santa was waiting to greet everyone across the street at Candyland with a cup of hot coco.  

Don Chaudruc, Road Foreman for the railroad said that the railroad is very happy, the events brought just short of 1,500 riders to town over the three days it operated. “It’s a great match with the town and their wonderful events, they need people and we need a great destination for our riders. Between Candyland and all the great shops downtown, it’s a win win for everyone,” he said.

Dec. 1 saw the first Big Moose test train over the new trackage. The project between the old Carter Station and Big Moose is almost complete, the railroads track supervisor, Dave VanPelt, wanted to run a test train, checking clearances and ride quality. The railroad will have approximately eight trains a week to Big Moose in the summer and fall of 2013.

     

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