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Bethan Maher was hired as executive officer of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in 2012. Photo: Brian Mann
Bethan Maher was hired as executive officer of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

In-depth with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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Last month, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad executive officer Bethan Maher and Adirondack Rail Preservation Society board member Al Dunham sat down with NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann.

They spoke in-depth for half an hour at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake about the financial strengths, accomplishments, and challenges faced by the Scenic Railroad. Also, about the non-profit company's vision for the future if New York officials decide to maintain the Remsen-Lake Placid corridor as a train route.

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Adirondack Bureau Chief

Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at Union Station in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at Union Station in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz
During their roughly half-hour conversation, Maher and Dunham talked about the loss of their long-term maintenance facility in Rome, NY, as well as their hopes that the state will grant the Scenic Railroad a 20-year lease going forward.

Note: This conversation has been edited for clarity and to remove information gathered off the record that could not be confirmed to NCPR's editorial standards.  Otherwise, it is reproduced here in full.







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