Iowa Pacific gets go-ahead to operate Upper Hudson River Railroad

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CORINTH, N.Y. — Iowa Pacific Holdings will assume operation of the Upper Hudson River Railroad as early as July 1 under a tentative agreement with its municipal owner, the Glen Falls Post-Star (N.Y.) has reported. Once it receives all approvals, the shortline holding company plans to operate freight and tourist service on the ex-Delaware & Hudson route between Saratoga Springs and North Creek, N.Y.

“I’m very excited about this,” said Ed Ellis, Iowa Pacific’s president. “I think both the freight and passenger train opportunities here are strong.”

Ellis plans to operate the railroad under the name Saratoga & North Creek Railway LLC. The county will set up a public authority to oversee ownership of the tracks. Iowa Pacific has agreed to guarantee at least 100 tourist trains on the line, as well as 30 ski trains, at least 50 dinner trains, a Polar Express train, and at least one “Thomas the Tank Engine” event. The county will have to approve any hazardous freight shipments.

The railroad operates over an ex-Delaware & Hudson branch line.
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