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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
By train through the wilderness
By train through the wilderness

Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line

In 1891, William Seward Webb began construction of a rail line that ran from Herkimer in the south up into the heart of the Adirondacks. The track cut through some of the region's deepest wilderness. For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between.
The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring. He found that a small army of train buffs are fighting hard to keep the historic route alive.

The rail line described in this story is closed to passengers, but Adirondack tourist trains do run all summer long in Old Forge, Lake Placid, and North Creek. For more information, see the links below.  Go to full article

320 Million Dollar Contract Boosts Plattsburgh Factory

The Bombardier Corporation says it will build a new fleet of commuter cars for New York City's Metro-North commuter railroad. As Brian Mann reports, the 320 million dollar contract is a boost to the company's plant in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Trail Derails Saturday In Westport: Emergency Alert, No Injuries

A train derailed in Westport on Saturday, spilling a flammable chemical over a seven-mile stretch of the rail bed. Emergency crews battled a small forest fire, triggered by the accident. As Brian Mann reports, five firefighters were exposed to the chemical, but no serious injuries were reported:  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

Train Derailment Disrupts Traffic in Champlain Valley

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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