My husband and I took the railroad trip in the 2nd week of october. The colors were out in full force. The music as one reviewer put it is bad :-) but at least it is not loud. The coaches are comfy, you can walk around. There are closed coaches and open ones. the open ones are basically 2 long rows of seats facing open windows. yes.. the roof is still there. It can be a little cold. We preferred the closed coach.It is a 45 minute trip from lake placid to saranac lake.
While i could never say that the scenery was bad, (it is adirondacks in the fall season. the foliage is always beautiful) i strongly felt that when we drove from lake placid to saranac lake we saw a whole lot more and were also able to stop and take pictures. You zip by a lot of scenery and it is not a very long trip. There is a 45 minute stop -over at saranac station. those with kids can enjoy a large merry go round near the station. The village was certainly interesting to look at. It makes for a nice 30 minute stroll.
Overall , if you want to quickly take a little scenery in , check the village out for a few minutes and return it is not bad. But i would drive around lake placid and to saranac next time instead of taking the train.
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