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The last couple of weeks I’ve had a lot of conversations — on the phone, via email, in person, and on social media — with supporters of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad about the fairness of NCPR’s reporting on the rail-trail...
This week, I’ve gone spelunking in the wild, ferocious world of the Adirondack rail-trail debate.  Trust me, it’s a rabbit hole of zeal and rhetoric that Lewis Carroll couldn’t have dreamed up. Because I live in the...
This just in from New York’s Conservation Department: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced they will hold four public meetings in...
A couple of years ago the AMC movie channel launched an on-going series called “Hell on Wheels” that dramatizes — in gritty fashion — construction of America’s trans-continental railroad in the 1860s. A similarly gritty...
State officials announced moments ago that they plan to revisit the management plan guiding use of the controversial corridor between Old Forge Inlet and Remsen and the heart of the Adirondacks — Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake...

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Rosalie Fontana of Bloomingdale voices her thoughts to DEC Forester Sean Reynolds, who was taking notes at the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor meeting at the DEC office in Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Rosalie Fontana of Bloomingdale voices her thoughts to DEC Forester Sean Reynolds, who was taking notes at the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor meeting at the DEC office in Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz

One fiercely disputed Adirondack rail line, two cool visions

For more than thirty years, most of the historic rail line between Old Forge and Lake Placid has seen little use. A tourism train operates on two different stretches of track, around Old Forge and Saranac Lake.

But despite a state plan that calls for the entire 119-mile route to reopen, much of the line has fallen into disrepair. Now state officials are asking new questions about how the train corridor should be used. They've begun a series of meetings to gather input and to try to channel a public debate that has grown increasingly rancorous.

There are now two starkly different visions for the rail corridor. Train boosters are calling for the state to invest millions of dollars refurbishing the tracks, while supporters of a new mult-iuse trail say the tracks should be torn up.  Go to full article
Bill Branson is president of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, which operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/39017545@N02/">Matt Johnson</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Man at the heart of the Great Adirondack Railroad Debate

A group that wants to tear up an old railroad track in the Adirondack Park and replace it with a multi-use trail says it has gathered more than 10,000 signatures supporting the idea.

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, known as ARTA, formed last year, reviving the debate over what should be done with the historic rail corridor that stretches from Old Forge to Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Diagram of the Adirondack Club Pullman Sleeping Car. Source: ANCA

Pullman train service proposed

A company that operates railroads across the US says it wants to begin offering overnight excursions to Lake Placid on "Pullman" sleeper cars.

Iowa Pacific Holdings, which already operates a tourist train in the North Creek area, has entered into an agreement with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

According to Iowa Pacific, the route would be a tourism attraction for visitors from New York City.

Company president Ed Ellis issued a statement saying that the project would bring "a dramatic rail service improvement to the Adirondacks."

Currently, the rail line from Lake Placid to Old Forge is in a state of disrepair. The announcement doesn't say when service on the route might be restored or who would pay for the inrastructure.

Critics of the tourism railroad project have argued that the tracks should be removed to make way for a multipurpose trail.  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

Tupper Lake wants state to rethink tourist train

Another North Country town is urging New York State to reopen the planning process for the rail line that cuts through the heart of the Adirondack Park.

Tupper...  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/39017545@N02/">Matt Johnson</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

ADK tourist train wins Econ Development Council support

The North Country's Regional Economic Development Council is throwing its weight behind the tourist train that runs through the heart of the Adirondacks.
In its latest...  Go to full article
"Tracking." Archive Photo of the Day: Burdette Parks

North Elba wants train tracks removed

The North Elba town board has officially requested that the state remove the train tracks between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to make the construction of a multi-use...  Go to full article
Carl Knoch, manager of trail development for the northeast region office the the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Rails to trail advocates stick to the positive

A local advocacy group is trying to highlight the possible economic benefits of a year-round, multi-use recreational trail between Lake Placid and Old Forge. The Adirondack...  Go to full article
...is the tag line for NY's Regional Economic Development Councils

Advocates want Douglas removed from North Country Regional Economic Development Council

Multi-use trail advocates want Garry Douglas removed as co-chairman of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council for allegedly showing bias toward railroad...  Go to full article
View of the Floodwood Pond area from the tourist train.

Rails to trails group at full steam ahead

A local advocacy group that wants to replace the train tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake with a multi-use recreational trail is ready to hit 2012 with a full head of...  Go to full article
View of the Floodwood Pond area from the tourist train.

Railroad debate focuses on track removal

Railroad supporters and multi-use trail advocates in the Tri-Lakes continue to debate the best use of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor.

Trail advocates want...  Go to full article

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