Luxurious touch on the railway service is indicated
Most recently, sources revealed stunning news that the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society has teamed up with Iowa Pacific Holdings to develop luxury passenger rail service between Lake Placid and New York City – contingent on the state Department of Transportation making major upgrades to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. Recently, the Adirondack North Country Association announced that ARPS and Iowa Pacific’s new partnership aims to bring high-end excursion rail service to the Adirondack railroad, using restored Pullman rail and sleeping cars. ARPS currently operates scenic trains on the state-owned railroad between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake and between Utica and Thendara, near Old Forge. The rail corridor would require an expensive overhaul – estimates range from $20 million to $43 million – to let trains go between Old Forge and Saranac Lake at speeds faster than 5 mph.
ARPS President Bill Branson said in a press release that, “This (memorandum of understanding) 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.”
Iowa Pacific, based in Chicago, owns several passenger and freight lines in the U.S., including one recently revived between Saratoga Springs and North Creek. The company also owns the Pullman Sleeping Car Company, which buys and restores Pullman passenger, dining and sleeper cars.
Branson later proclaimed that, “This is not going to be an economy trip.” He also added, “It would appeal to the person who would like fine dining and pleasant surroundings in a railroad setting, those people who would not choose to drive. It’s anticipated that it would be the sort of purchasing customer that would have the means to come up on the train, spend a weekend or a week, and go back on the train. We expect that their spending power would be substantially higher than average.”