Some questioned Saratoga & North Creek Railway's move to cut ties with Polar Express (amid a lawsuit over money) and try a Christmas-themed train of its own dubbed "Train to Christmastown."
So far, it sounds like the move is working out pretty well, though ridership numbers won't be released for a few weeks.
Warren County leaders say anecdotal reports have been good, though. Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas said the ridership has been "decent," with 1,800 riders last weekend and 2,400 or so booked for this weekend. He said he understands the railway is hoping to create a Harry Potter-themed train for next year.
The Times Union ran an article this week about how the train has helped the new owners of Stony Creek Ranch, where the holiday train is based this year instead of the former Saratoga Springs starting point.
Part of it has to do with the novelty, I'm sure. Polar Express was a story that has gotten a bit old to some families who have done the trip several times, frankly.
For a review of the story that was in a recent Boston Globe (SNCR's parent company runs a railroad on Cape Cod), click here.
For ticket information, head over to sncrr.com. Trips run through Dec. 27, according to the website.
-- Don Lehman