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Diagram of the Adirondack Club Pullman Sleeping Car. Source: ANCA
Diagram of the Adirondack Club Pullman Sleeping Car. Source: ANCA

Pullman train service proposed

A company that operates railroads across the US says it wants to begin offering overnight excursions to Lake Placid on "Pullman" sleeper cars.

Iowa Pacific Holdings, which already operates a tourist train in the North Creek area, has entered into an agreement with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

According to Iowa Pacific, the route would be a tourism attraction for visitors from New York City.

Company president Ed Ellis issued a statement saying that the project would bring "a dramatic rail service improvement to the Adirondacks."

Currently, the rail line from Lake Placid to Old Forge is in a state of disrepair. The announcement doesn't say when service on the route might be restored or who would pay for the inrastructure.

Critics of the tourism railroad project have argued that the tracks should be removed to make way for a multipurpose trail.  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

Tupper Lake wants state to rethink tourist train

Another North Country town is urging New York State to reopen the planning process for the rail line that cuts through the heart of the Adirondack Park.

Tupper Lake's town council voted three-two Thursday night to urge a review of the "unit management plan" for the rail corridor that runs from Old Forge to Lake Placid.

Tupper Lake Town Supervisor Roger Amell cast the deciding vote.  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: <a href="">Matt Johnson</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

ADK tourist train wins Econ Development Council support

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."  Go to full article
There remain many unresolved legal issues. NYS DEC

Green group, state officials, question train line into Adirondack High Peaks

A green group in the Adirondacks is trying to block the reopening of an industrial railroad line that stretches into the High Peaks region of the Park.

Protect the Adirondacks says the move would violate an easement that allows the railroad to operate in an area designated as part of the "forever wild" forest preserve. As Brian Mann reports, state officials have also raised questions about the project.  Go to full article
Border patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton.
Border patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton.

Rights advocates charge abuse in Upstate NY by U.S. Border Patrol

Immigrant rights advocates and the New York Civil Liberties Union are accusing the Border Patrol of abusing its authority by questioning train and bus passengers about their citizenship, and for targeting people in the North Country and in towns miles away from any international crossing. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
Should the Adirondack train keep rolling or be replaced by a rec path?  (NCPR file photo)
Should the Adirondack train keep rolling or be replaced by a rec path? (NCPR file photo)

Debate over scenic railroad accelerates in Adirondacks

Opponents of a tourist train in the Tri-Lakes are hoping to derail efforts to construct a side-by-side rail and trail system between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates formed earlier this summer. They say, instead of a rail, communities should build a multi-use recreational trail using the rail-bed which would stretch from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake.

But with millions of dollars in grants already in hand, supporters of the tourist train say the path and the railroad can co-exist. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article

Congressional Republicans look to privatize Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

A Republican idea in Congress would change passenger rail service in the U.S. in the name of developing high speed rail. It would start with the 400-plus mile northeast corridor that includes the Adirondack route, which makes stops in Plattsburgh and Rouses point.

The line passes through some of the most congested cities in America, it's the most traveled passenger rail route in America and it's owned and operated by Amtrak.

Republican John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and other proponents of the plan would put the Northeast corridor up for bid by private-sector developers.

Washington DC Correspondent Ryan Morden has the details:  Go to full article
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Local leaders divided over use of Adirondack train corridor

Last week, a non-profit group based in Saranac Lake released a new study exploring ways to use the rail corridor that runs from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake. Debate over use of the line has been heated. Snowmobilers and hikers want to convert the route into a multi-use trail, but supporters of the tourism train that now operates say it should be expanded.

Chris Morris checked in with local leaders and found that they too are deeply divided over possible uses of the corridor. They're also skeptical about a price tag that's likely to top $10 million.  Go to full article

Preview: "Race the Train" in North Creek

Hundreds of runners are expected to compete in the annual "Race the Train" run in North Creek this Saturday, August 7. It's a fundraiser for the "Dollars for Scholars" program. The money helps local students pursue their college studies. Todd Moe spoke with organizer Ann Arsenault about the 9th annual race. She says a new addition this year is a pasta dinner for runners on Friday night.  Go to full article
Lake Champlain "Adirondack" Amtrak route (Source:  Amtrak)
Lake Champlain "Adirondack" Amtrak route (Source: Amtrak)

Train plan would boost Amtrak, freight in Lake Champlain corridor

Governor Paterson's rail proposal could bring hundreds of construction jobs to the Champlain Valley in the coming years. State officials hope to upgrade the rail line between Albany and Montreal, expanding freight traffic and cutting Amtrak travel times by twenty-five percent. As Brian Mann reports, rebuilding New York's rail infrastructure could also boost manufacturing in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

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