|
|
|
The Telegram
  • Company acquires assets for narrow gauge tourist railroad

  • The owners of the Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley LLC recently purchased materials to support their economic development plan and start a new narrow gauge tourist railroad.

    “We feel we have a lot to offer the community to stimulate the economy and attract people to our area,” said Ronald Sadlon, who co-owns the company with Benjamin Gottfried.

    • email print
  • The owners of the Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley LLC recently purchased materials to support their economic development plan and start a new narrow gauge tourist railroad.
    “We feel we have a lot to offer the community to stimulate the economy and attract people to our area,” said Ronald Sadlon, who co-owns the company with Benjamin Gottfried.
    Materials acquired over the past month include 16 tons of rail to use for a test track and a truckload of used railway signal equipment to control train movements. A passenger train is already in place at the South Columbia facility where the test track will be installed.
    The company purchased an 18 mile railroad bed that stretches from Richfield Springs to Bridgewater in 2009. They have also purchased additional assets for the railway project, including a 6,000 square foot creamery, which is planned to be used as a passenger terminal and retail space.
    Narrow gauge trains are far lighter and more fuel efficient than the full sized trains which most tourist railroads operate, according to Sadlon, who added the lighter trains require less fuel to operate and offer riders an exciting rail riding experience even at the slow speeds they are known operate.
    Sadlon and Gottfried purchased the narrow gauge “Frontier Town Train” in the spring of 2010. The train was used for tourists in Frontier Town in Lake George. They said they hope to be able to offer a passenger service with the historic train in the future if the right pieces fall into place.
    Gottfried said there is currently not a tourist train in southern Herkimer County.
    He added an open house is planned for late spring to gather support and to “hopefully find the right mix of interested local people to bring the idea to fruition.”
      • calendar