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The Adirondack Scenic Railroad train passing through Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad train passing through Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Reward offered for info on scenic train vandalism

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An investigation is underway by local police in Lake Placid to find out who vandalized internal wiring on a locomotive owned by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad last week.

Now the non-profit, which runs excursion trains in the Old Forge and the Lake-Placid-Saranac-Lake areas is offering a $10,000 reward.

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Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

On the Scenic Railroad's Facebook page, the company describes damage to the train as "an act of sabotage" and says the reward will be offered to any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who caused the damage.

Railroad officials say the vandalism occurred sometime between the fifth and the ninth of October while the train was parked at the depot in Lake Placid.

This incident comes as the state is reviewing starkly divided public opinion about the future of the publicly-owned rail corridor from Lake Placid to Old Forge.

The railroad has been popular with volunteers, visitors and many locals for more than twenty years.

But a growing number of business owners and local government leaders have urged the state to remove the tracks to make way for a multi-use trail that they say would attract more tourists.

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