If you’re a reader of the Adirondack Almanack blog or the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s letter-to-the-editor column, you know that there is a deep, nasty and and apparently intractable debate underway over the future of the rail corridor...
The last few months have been complicated for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Bill Branson, head of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, says his group has tried to remain above the fray as debate swirls about the tourist train...
The debate over the future of the rail corridor between Remsen and Lake Placid is one of the most heated I’ve seen in the last decade.
Now Garry Douglas, head of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the North...
Jul 24, 2007 — Flatbed rail cars loaded with equipment bound for Iraq crashed into another rail car yesterday, causing an explosion and evacuation near Watertown. No serious injuries were reported. Martha Foley has details. Go to full article
Oct 25, 2006 — The Village of Tupper Lake has won a $600,000 federal grant to convert a section of abandoned railroad track into a multi-use trail. The 4.6 mile route will be open to snowmobile riders, hikers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists. Tupper Lake also hopes to serve as a new stop on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The tourist railroad now operates two routes, one near Old Forge and the other between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. A coalition of economic development groups is hoping to win roughly $20 million in state funding to extend the line. With this year's train season winding to a close, Brian Mann checked in with Doug Masters, marketing director for the railroad. Masters says ridership increased this summer. Go to full article
Dec 07, 2005 — Running a train has always been a romantic business. Ronald Crowd took over the Batten Kill Railroad in Washington County. He's owned it for two decades and still hasn't turned a profit. But he did turn the nearly dead line into an active transportation method for 40,000 tons of feed, fertilizer and logs.
It's not just the business that's a challenge. Ron got polio when he was two years old. He's used a leg brace or crutches for most of his life. That makes getting in and out of the train pretty difficult. But he was, that's where owning his own line comes in handy... Go to full article
Dec 07, 2005 — Governor Pataki says New York will spend $40 million over the next two years upgrading the state's railroad infrastructure. A third of that money will go to support rail operations in the North Country, rebuilding tracks and subsidizing passenger service. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Nov 18, 2003 — It was a much shorter trip - but still memorable. Two years ago, a passenger train made the run between Syracuse and Massena for the first time in more than 40 years. Hundreds of people gathered at Canton's old depot to catch a glimpse, or catch a ride. Todd Moe took the Canton-Massena leg. Go to full article
May 04, 2001 — High winds and dry weather have led to a rash of wildfires in the North Country this week. Nearly 500 acres of timber and farmland burned in the towns of Essex and Willsboro yesterday. The blaze was started by sparks thrown from a passing train. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Mar 27, 2001 — A passenger's complaint about a lumpy seat led police to 25 thousand dollars worth of marijuana. The drugs were stashed aboard the Adirondacker, an Amtrak train running between Montreal and New York City. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Feb 19, 2001 — A southbound freight train derailed Saturday night in Westport, sparking a propane fire and disrupting rail traffic. As Brian Mann reports, officials say the accident occurred near the Boquet River and could have sparked a major environmental disaster. Go to full article
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