Historic Trains of New York

Welcome Aboard! Its Full Steam ahead on the Historic Trains of New York and a Gold - Medal Worthy Adventure in Lake Placid.

Package includes:
  • Motorcoach Transportation
  • Baggage Handling
  • Taxes & Meal Gratuities
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinner & 2 wine & cheese receptions
  • Electric City Trolley Station & Ride aboard the Historic Trolley
  • Tour of Historic Utica Station
  • Adirondack Experience - the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
  • Guided tour of Lake Placid Olympic Sites
  • Entry into the Olympic Jumping complex and Museum
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Lake George Cruise aboard the Minne Ha Ha
  • Free time in Historic Kingston
  • Ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad
  • Historic Society Museum in Honesdale
  • Ride on the Stourbridge Line
Accommodations:
  •  Holiday Inn, Utica NY
  •  Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid, NY
  •  Holiday Inn Resort, Lake George, NY
  •  Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, NY
Itinerary:

 

Day One, Sunday, October 4, 2020: (Wine and Cheese and Dinner included)
7:00 Depart Vienna                                                                                                                                                                                   7:45am Depart Grosvenor Metro Station,Rockville, MD.                                                                                                       Morning comfort and then lunch on own en route. You will arrive in Scranton, PA about 1:00 pm. Upon your arrival at the Electric City Trolley Station, climb aboard for a 1:30 pm ride aboard an historic trolley. During your 45-minute, 10-mile narrated ride, you will learn why Scranton is called the Electric City and also hear the story of the electric traction systems and the impact they had on the development of the Lackawanna Valley, Northeast Pennsylvania and the industrial northeast. The scenic route follows a portion of the former Lackawanna & Wyoming (Laurel Line) Railroad right-of-way as it parallels Roaring Brook and makes stops at the Historic Iron Furnaces and the north portal of the Crown Avenue Tunnel – one of the longest interuban tunnels ever built.

Debark the trolley when you arrive back at the station at 2:30 pm. Board the coach and travel north to Utica. With a comfort stop along the way, you will arrive about 6:00 pm for a single-night stay at your full-service hotel. (Holiday Inn, Utica)

After you have settled in, gather for a wine and cheese reception served in the hotel’s lounge.

Your included dinner is conveniently served in the hotel’s Moose River Restaurant. This casual eatery offers an ideal way to relax and enjoy good food after a busy day of travel.

Day Two, Monday, October 5:

Check out of your rooms after an included breakfast served in the hotel. Board the coach and travel just down the street for a guided tour of Union Station.

The historic Utica station was opened for the New York Central (NYC) Railroad on May 24, 1914. It became a union station in late 1915 when the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad moved their services to the riverside facility. Three stories high, this monumental building includes a rusticated granite first story with buff brick above. Symmetrically rectangular in plan, there are thirteen bays across the façade and fifteen on the side elevations. Each bay consists of a tall arched window on the first story, a square-headed window with bracketed sill on the second and a simple square-headed window on the third. Two story pilasters frame each bay on the upper levels, while a prominent cornice casts a deep shadow at the roofline. A brick parapet crowns the building; over the main entrance is a large clock flanked by eagle sculptures.

The interior is as impressive as the exterior. The main waiting room rises to a coffered, barrel-vaulted ceiling thirty-five feet at its peak. The vault is supported on each side by a row of concrete and steel columns faced with Botticino marble, and the floor is made of durable terrazzo. Grey Vermont and Knoxville marbles are used on the interior wall facings and ticket windows. Long wooden benches furnish the waiting room, and a restaurant originally sat at the west end of the building.

Depart Utica at 10:00 am and travel deep into the Adirondacks to the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Upon a 12:00 noon arrival, have lunch on your own at the on-site, Lake View Café.

With Blue Mountain rising behind it and Blue Mountain Lake sparkling below, the Adirondack Museum's vast campus features displays in 22 modern exhibition galleries and historic buildings. The exhibitions tell the unique story of the Adirondacks and its people, through outdoor recreation, boats and boating, transportation, the fine arts, work and industry and tourism.

Depart the museum about 4:00 pm and travel to your resort hotel in Lake Placid, set on the shores of Mirror Lake. (The Golden Arrow).

Upon your 5:30 pm arrival, surrender yourself to the natural and untouched beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. Rejuvenate in the heated indoor pool, take off the chill with a beverage in the hotel’s lounge or take a stroll on the resort’s private beach.

This evening, gather for an included dinner served in the resort’s restaurant and enjoy casual dining with sweeping views of the Adirondack Mountains. 1 night stay

 

Day Three, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 :

Breakfast included Start your day with a hearty breakfast served in the hotel before you check out of your rooms. Today's outing gives you an up close and personal experience to witness the challenges of our Olympic athletes.

A local guide will meet you at the hotel and join you for an immersion into the Olympics. It is often said that Lake Placid is where "miracles are made." It was at the Lake Placid Olympic Center, in 1980, that the US men's hockey team toppled the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal. This is where 16-year-old figure skater, Sonja Henie, won an Olympic gold medal in 1932 and charmed the world. At the Olympic Museum, explore the legacy of the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games with may great exhibits, which include video highlights, athletes' uniforms and equipment, collections of Olympic Games' torches, mascots and medals including the first gold medal ever awarded. During your visit, watch video of the "Miracle on Ice."

You will also visit the Ski Jumping Complex and the site of the Olympic Flame Cauldron. At the Jumping Complex, you will board a double chairlift for a 4-minute ride to the elevator at the ski jump. Then, board the glass elevator for a 2-minute ride to the observation deck. Once at the top of the elevator, the glass-enclosed observation deck offers spectacular, 360-degree views and the breathtaking realization of the steepness of the ski jump! As you depart the Complex, you will witness the Olympic Cauldron located across the street.

After your "Olympic Tour" return to downtown Lake Placid and have lunch on your own at one of the local eateries. Depart Lake Placid early afternoon and travel south to Ticonderoga, NY.

Late afternoon step into history at Fort Ticonderoga, a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain. Experience the story of how the blood spilled to create an empire in the French and Indian War, resulted in the struggle for America's independence a generation later. Relive the defining moments in America's history when nations fought to control a continent. Venture out to explore the museum, grounds and King's gardens and witness the activities of the day such as the musket demo and fife and drum corps. Your visit includes a 30-minute introduction led by a costumed guide.

Depart the Fort about 5:00 pm and travel to Lake George, NY where you will arrive about 6:00 pm for a single night stay at your full-service hotel. Dinner on your

Day Four, Wednesday, October , 2020

(Breakfast and dinner included) : After breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags and check out of your room. Board the coach and head to "downtown" Lake George.

Upon arrival, board the Minne Ha Ha, an authentic Sternwheel Steamboat for a tour of Lake George's Southern Basin. Imagine the way people traveled this lake over 100 years ago. Step back in time, as the Calliope, powered by steam from the vessel's boiler, serenades you while you board. Enjoy beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains and see stately homes along the water's edge.

Upon your 11:00 am return to dock, board the coach and travel to Kingston, NY where you will arrive about 12:45 pm. Have lunch on your own in one of the local eateries located near the Catskill Mountain Railroad's station.

Gather at the station about 2:45 pm and prepare to board for your 3:00 pm departure aboard this heritage tourist railroad that began operations in 1982. Steam locomotives were the technology that helped build America's railroads. This steam locomotive was built by Baldwin in 1924 for the American Viscose Co. of Roanoke, Virginia. In the 1960s it was sold to Gem City Iron & Metal in Pulaski, Virginia. Scott Symans of Dunkirk, NY, purchased the locomotive in 2004 and restored it to operating condition in 2007. Because of its small size, it can be trucked anywhere in the country to operate on any railroad. During your ride you will witness the natural beauty of the Catskills as you travel along in vintage coaches.

Debark the train at 4:30 pm and travel, for a one-night stay, to your full-service, overnight destination located just minutes from the station. (The Courtyard Kingston or similar) Once you have checked in, gather for a wine and cheese reception served in the lounge.

Day Five, Thursday, October 8, 2020

(Breakfast, Lunch included) Say goodbye to the historic Hudson Valley after breakfast in the hotel.

Board the coach, depart the hotel at 8:00 am and travel west to Honesdale, PA, where you will arrive about 10:00 am. Honesdale is home to the first commercial steam locomotive run on rails in the United States, the Stourbridge Lion. On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion started in Honesdale, ran three miles to Seelyville, and returned; Honesdale, therefore, is known as the birthplace of the American Railroad.

Your first stop upon arrival is at the Wayne County Historical Society Museum. This museum contains a full-scale replica of the Stourbridge Lion. It also displays many historical photographs, artifacts and other exhibits. During your self-guided tour, there will be time to visit the permanent exhibits such as Movin' Energy, Wayne's Glass and Faces in Clay that interprets the Native American history of the upper Delaware Valley.

Depart the Museum and walk down the street to the Stourbridge Railroad Company. The railroad traces its beginnings to the Delaware & Hudson Canal transporting barges of coal up from Pennsylvania and destined for the Hudson River and eventually the ports of New York City. A gravity railroad was built to carry coal over the mountains from Carbondale to Honesdale in 1829. Coal would be transferred from train to canal boat at Honesdale.

Seeking to haul greater amounts, the idea of steam-powered locomotion was proposed. The leaders in steam technology at the time were in Great Britain, and so three engines were ordered and delivered to America. According to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, this is the site of "the first commercial locomotive on rails in the western hemisphere!"

Your "ticket to ride" includes a hearty, mobile lunch to enjoy in the dining car prior to your 1:00 pm departure. During your 1-½ hour train ride through the Northern Poconos, the engineer will share tales of the region's rich history as you gaze out at the beautiful countryside along the Lackawaxen River Gorge. When the train returns to the station at 2:30 pm, board the coach travel to Rockville and on to Vienna.

This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.