Riding the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad in Upstate New York

Fall foliage is popping here in upstate New York!  Just a few weeks ago, I went on a meetup with my photography club on the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad to look at the fall foliage along the way and take a gondola to the top of Gore Mountain.

I grabbed a shot of the conductor before we started our trip up.

Saratoga North Creek Railroad Conductor (1)

The dome car was just lovely!  I had a nice waffle breakfast.  Photo taken with a friend's 50mm f/1.2L. Wow, the bokeh is just something else on that lens!

My favorite shots came from the train itself.  I took lots of shots from the back car where it was open to shoot without glass obstruction.

Taking a ride on the Saratoga North Creek Railroad

Saratoga North Creek Railroad Conductor (2)

Florida Rail Adventures

Waiting for the shuttle to Gore Mountain, I saw this old building.

An Old Building in North Creek, NY

The view from Gore.  Tilt/shift effect done in Photoshop.  This is not a panorama, just cropped.

View from Gore Mountain Faux Tilt/Shift

At the train station in North Creek they had a great little museum with model figurines of North Creek in every season!

Say Cheese!

I took more photos from the back of the train on the ride back down, but unfortunately I had to shoot through glass this time.  At least it was clean!

An Evening Train Ride

Riding on the North Creek Railroad

My favorite time of day to shoot occurred during the last hour of our trip back.  When we were back in Saratoga the evening light was just right and I got this shot of the conductor (a different one than our trip up) hanging off the side of the train.

Conductor on the Saratoga North Creek Railroad Train

Tools I used to create the photos this post: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM LensAdobe Photoshop CS6


  1. Wonderful post and again, I enjoyed the train station figurines.


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