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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

Books: Logging Railroads of the Adirondacks

The late 19th century marked the romantic era of steam power and train travel. And the rails reached deep into the Adirondack woods. Bill Gove, a retired forester who lives in Vermont, has written a new book that explores trains, logging and history. Logging Railroads of the Adirondacks details logging methods, the role of railroads in the logging industry and the influence of the railroads on the condition of the Adirondacks today. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Historic blast furnace at Tahawus iron mine
Historic blast furnace at Tahawus iron mine

Historic Adirondack Railroad Line Slated For Scrapyard

A Houston-based company called NL Industries plans to rip up more than twenty miles of railroad track in the central Adirondacks. The rail line runs from North creek to the Tahawus mine, which sits at the foot of the High Peaks. NL Industries hopes to sell the rails for scrap metal. Critics say the track should be preserved. As Brian Mann reports, there are also questions about how the rail-bed will be used.  Go to full article
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg

CP Rail Drops APA Tower Suit, Council Claims DOT Funded Work

A Canadian corporation that sued the Adirondack Park Agency last month has withdrawn the suit. Canadian Pacific Rail still hopes to build a series of broadcast towers in the Champlain Valley. Negotiations with the APA continue. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now claims the project is actually being funded with state grant money.  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.  Go to full article

Sometimes the Journey Can Be the Destination

Even in the age of crowded airplanes, security screening and fastfood chains, travel can be a pleasure. But you have to choose your mode of transportation with care. Commentator Neal Burdick found a way to make his journey as memorable as his destination.  Go to full article

Looking for Traces of Railroad History

The Adirondack Museum is planning an exhibit on the railroad worker. Who were the people who laid the tracks and ran the trains? Martha Foley talks with writer Amy Godine about her research for the upcoming exhibit.  Go to full article

Commentary: Train Travel

In the view of commentator Paul Willcott, the demise of passenger trains has changed our lives in unexpected ways--and not for the better.  Go to full article

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