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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
Santa on the boxcar stage
Santa on the boxcar stage

Bright, gaudy Holiday Train chugs through Champlain Valley

This is the time of year when towns along the Champlain Valley light up with the annual Holiday Train. Canadian Pacific uses the Christmas tour to raise money and food for local pantries in the North Country. Brian Mann was in Ticonderoga last night and sent an audio postcard.  Go to full article

Preview: mystery train ride in North Creek

Music and mystery come together at the North Creek Depot Museum this Saturday. The historic depot is a Teddy Roosevelt National Historic Site. It's the place where Roosevelt learned of the death of President McKinley and his own succession to the presidency in 1901. Saturday's event will raise money for on-going restoration of the depot. Todd Moe spoke with Susan Murante, one of the organizers of the mystery train ride.  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
A train in the wilderness
A train in the wilderness

New Group Wants $20 Million for Adirondack Train

A powerful coalition of Republican lawmakers, chamber of commerce leaders, and local activists have unveiled plans to rebuild a railroad into the central Adirondacks. The passenger line would connect Utica and Old Forge in the south to tourism destinations in the Tri-Lakes area. The "Adirondack On Track Partnership" wants the state to spend at least twenty million dollars on the project. They hope it would add a new attraction, drawing visitors into the Adirondack Park. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say reviving the railroad would be too expensive. They also question whether a tourist line is the best use of the historic travel corridor.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/07/05

DEC releases reports on bridge collapses in the Champion lands this fall. North Country Railroads gets $13 million in state funds for upgrades. And just what it takes to run a train these days, including the problem of modern-day hobos...  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

Tourist Train Returns to Tupper Lake

Railroad enthusiasts in Tupper Lake are celebrating the return of tourist passenger service for the first time in nearly 25 years. They're inviting residents and visitors to ride the rails aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Tupper Lake to Piercefield and back this weekend. Todd Moe talks with Dan McClelland, president of "Next Stop! Tupper Lake", the local train station restoration committee.  Go to full article

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