Travelogue 2 - The Adirondacks Photo Tour, October 2 - 4, 2013

Train car Jack Aiello
The Adirondacks is a place I've always wanted to visit, especially during the autumn months. I read up on some suggestions for fall foliage photo opportunities, one of them being the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Although my stay in Utica was incidental, the real reason for my trip was for The Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Leaving out of Utica Train Station, Adirondack Scenic Railroad is comprised of volunteers whose mission is to preserve and restore a length of train track that runs from Utica to Lake Placid. Parts of this restoration are complete but they still need funding to revive the corridor that runs all the way to Lake Placid.

train tracks Jack Aiello
Train tracks and autumn scenery from The Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Now a tourist railway, people can buy tickets and enjoy the fall foliage and general beauty of the Adirondacks. The train wends its way on a two hour ride to its final destination at Thendara Station. At the final stop, shuttle buses wait for you at the station and take you into the town of Old Forge, New York. Old Forge is a lovely stop; you can wander up and down the main street to check out the souvenir shops or just enjoy lunch.

But the real star is the train ride. It's a lazy two-hour trip while the conductor cheerily announces the railroad's history, how it came into being, the makeup of the land, etc. Meanwhile, the train passes through a really colorful and wonderful display of autumn foliage, and the best part is you can go to an empty baggage car and take pictures without any glass to obstruct your view. Think I'm kidding? Check this out:

train scene view

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