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ADK tourist train wins Econ Development Council support

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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 planning document, submitted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, the council says one of its key strategies is to "preserve and rehabilitate all surviving rail infrastructure" in the Park. According to the group, that includes "the Adirondack Railroad from Remsen to Lake Placid."

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Just last week, the town board in North Elba urged state officials to tear up the portion of the tracks between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, so that the corridor could be used as a multi-purpose recreation trail.

Critics of the train say ridership hasn't provided a significant economic boost to the region.  But the tourist train still has strong support from many local officials and business leaders in the North Country.

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