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Amtrak popularity climbs as gas prices rise

More people are riding the nation's passenger train system, Amtrak. It's to the point that mtrak doesn't have enough train car in some areas, and the trains are sold out. As Lester Graham reports, Amtrak has some other issues to sort out too.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake rail funding left out of budget

State officials have left out $5 million in funding that had been earmarked to expand the scenic railroad from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake. New York's Transportation commissioner, Astrid Glynn, announced a twenty million dollar rail funding package yesterday. The spending plan does include subsidies for Amtrak service between Saratoga Springs and Rouses Point. As Jacob Resneck reports, state officials say the funding for Tupper Lake may be restored in future years.  Go to full article

Train derailment in Watertown

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
Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive
Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive

Tourist train ridership grows

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

Heard Up North: Railroad Dreams

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

State Promises Millions for Railroads

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

Riding the Rails

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

Riding the Rails

Todd Moe rides the rails--the first passenger train in 40 years traverses the North Country.  Go to full article

Train Sparks Wildfire in Essex

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

Drugs on the Adirondack Line: Police Say Train Route Is Increasingly Popular with Smugglers

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

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