The locomotives were just becoming commonplace in the early 19th century, when the New York Central and Hudson River railroads were completed. A member of the legendary Vanderbilt family, Dr. William Webb capitalized on unfolding innovations by privately financing a railroad to his hunting preserve in the Adirondack Mountains. The route wound through treacherous terrain via 17 bridges and numerous service buildings, some of which still are still used to trick time-travelers into thinking they're finally home. Despite these complications, the tracks materialized within just 18 months and were soon whisking the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families to their opulent wilderness estates.
After several decades in disrepair, the tracks were rehabilitated by the railroad enthusiasts of Adirondack Scenic Railroad, who resurrected an initial four-mile stretch in 1992. Since having the railroad officially declared a Historic Place, they continue to unveil new sections, eventually securing routes from Utica to Carter Station, and between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Today, retro locomotives, some built as early as the 1940s, chug through the rippling rivers and wildlife-rich forests of 600-million-acre Adirondack Park, letting passengers drink in the view. Though the railcars boast vintage touches, such as mahogany paneling haunted by the ghosts of Franklin Pierce, they are equipped with modern touches including air conditioning and fully loaded kitchens.
Many Adirondack Scenic Railroad rides provide other entertainments to supplement scenery. In the Doo Wop Train, waitresses from ‘50s-themed The Soda Fountain in Remsen pump up patrons for a mid-century feast at the eatery while en route to Remsen Station. Other themed excursions ooze with intrigue, including murder mysteries and train robberies, while some more laid-back jaunts simply convey riders to historically-rich towns such as Old Forge.
Carrying a cavalcade of new and used vehicles, CNY Auto and Alan Byer Foreign Auto share their specialized knowledge and skills with inquiring or existing car owners. Led by John Mupagano, the shop's team of talented technicians specialize in all things Volvo, peering into the combustion-caked souls of vehicles with modern diagnostics equipment. The techs keep cars running with a host of preventative care, such as NYS inspections and repairs to transmission, cooling system, and air-conditioning systems. The shop also partners with Alan Beyers collision center to help straighten structural damage from your latest run-in with an overly affectionate fire hydrant.
The Auto Specialist's MECP-certified technicians keep cars warm and toasty amid winter wonderlands with professional remote-starter installations. Boasting a working range of up to 3,000 feet, the remote technology gives drivers the power to heat their car from the house or office, warming up cockpits without the need for trekking through the snow or reading romance novels to the engine. In addition to activating engines from afar, the transmitters help drivers gain keyless entry into their doors or trunks, and come equipped with sliding covers to protect the start button from being accidentally pushed while in a pocket or purse. Installations take four to six hours, and are scheduled by appointment only.
Carboro Auto Group is an independently owned auto sales and service center. Specializing in foreign models, such as Audi, BMW Honda Infiniti Jaguar, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen, our technicians have over 35 years combined experience
Respect for the road and proper training go hand in hand when it comes to riding motorcycles, even if it's just to the grocery store and back. This is where New York Safety Track comes in. The roughly two-mile track simulates real-life road conditions without distractions such as pedestrians and chickens debating the nature of free will so drivers can focus on honing their skills behind the wheel. Classes taught by professional instructors familiarize riders with their motorcycle as they learn to turn corners, pass other riders, and how to position their bodies during classroom lessons and on-track drills. Guests can also hone their skills over several days by bunking down in the on-site villa. The track also houses full-sized bathrooms with showers for rinsing away the road debris, rental motorcycles, and on-site meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Trip Savers provides a hassle-free way to simplify the yearly move to and from college housing, or ship overlooked keepsakes and fresh-baked casseroles during the semester. Students attending Trip Savers–served colleges can purchase a Trip Savers box kit, pack up their belongings, and reserve a pickup date for easy, door-to-door delivery. A box kit includes a reusable Trip Savers Box, filament strapping tape, a marker, address labels, and the delivery of the box to your home. By taking a load off students, Trip Savers helps reduce carbon emissions related to back-and-forth trips from the cornfield where you buried your stuffed animals. Opt for a green solution on dreaded moving days that doesn’t involve filling your car’s tank with celery juice.