Rail-trail debate (news)

Railroad switches director

UTICA — Jack Roberson has resigned as executive director of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization that oversees the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and Justin Gonyo, former general manager of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, has been appointed interim ...

Tracks will remain idle this summer, without rail bikes or trains

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes tracks of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor will remain idle this summer. Last year, the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, which operated tourist trains between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid under the Adirondack Scenic Railroad name between 2000 and ...

DEC leader: A detailed Tri-Lakes rail trail plan coming soon

RAY BROOK — A controversial state project to convert an Adirondack railroad into a trail will have detailed plans available for review soon, according to the regional head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann said after Friday’s ...

Warren County sues former railroad operator

QUEENSBURY — Warren County has sued the company that formerly ran a railroad on the county-owned rail line for unpaid revenue, a lawsuit that also names the town of Corinth as a defendant. The county filed sued in state Supreme Court last week, naming Saratoga & North Creek Railway; ...

Rail bike company sues train line owner

Revolution Rail Co., the rail bike company that was ousted from a rail line north of North Creek, has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the line, claiming that the rail owner illegally terminated its contract with the rail bike provider. The litigation, filed last week in state Supreme ...

APA OKs change that could lead to rail trail

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency on Friday approved a change to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan that could pave the way for a hotly contested trail replacing the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental ...

APA approves change that could lead to rail trail

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency on Friday approved a change to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan that could pave the way for a hotly contested trail replacing the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental ...

APA committee passes rail trail precursor to full board

RAY BROOK — A state Adirondack Park Agency committee approved some high-profile items at Thursday’s meeting, with approval by the full board possible Friday. The APA’s State Land Committee approved a public comment period for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s ...

Friday vote could lead to rail trail

RAY BROOK – The state Adirondack Park Agency is likely to approve changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan at its regular meeting this week that would allow for removal of the train tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The APA, at its monthly meeting in Ray Brook, is ...

Last agenda of the year for APA is packed

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency’s last regular meeting of the year is packed to the gills, with three major decisions before the board. On the agenda are a state plan to guide backcountry ski trail construction, approval of the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest unit management ...

Iowa Pacific bounces rail bike business from tracks

JOHNSBURG — The company that has run a “rail bike” operation on railroad tracks in Johnsburg during the past two years has been told it will not be able to use the rails next year. Several Warren County officials said Revolution Rail Co.’s founder notified them last week that Iowa ...

Locals, company weigh in on railroad ‘abandonment’

A Tupper Lake business owner, the town of Newcomb, Essex County and a local resident have all taken steps to intervene in New York’s effort to have the federal government declare abandoned a stretch of railroad tracks in Warren and Essex counties. The Essex County Board of Supervisors ...

County cleans up North Creek railroad site

Fed up with the slow pace of cleanup at the Warren County-owned train depot in North Creek, the county had its own workers remove debris believed to have been left by the departing rail company, Saratoga & North Creek Railway. Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson, chairman of the Warren ...

Rail bikes won’t return this year

SARANAC LAKE — Despite a press conference earlier this summer announcing the start of rail bike operations out of Saranac Lake, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will have to postpone the effort until next year at the earliest. A number of questions remained unanswered when the proposal was ...

Railroad unveils rail bike design

SARANAC LAKE — In front of a small crowd at the Adirondack Carousel Wednesday, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad unveiled its design for rail bikes the company hopes to use later this summer, but many details of the operation still remain up in the air. Jack Roberson — the new executive ...

Railroad plans to roll out rail bikes

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Scenic Railroad wants to get into the rail bike business this summer. ASR officials say the rides would be between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear, like previous rail bike company Rail Explorers. The railroad’s new executive director, Jack Roberson, said the ...

APA OKs travel corridor plan

RAY BROOK — After losing a court battle late last year over a proposed rail trail, the state Adirondack Park Agency approved a plan Thursday that, if finalized, would clear the legal hurdles necessary to build a trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. The APA board approved a change ...

Removal of Adirondack train cars delayed by Hudson flooding

THURMAN (AP) — Plans to remove old tanker train cars from a rail line in the Adirondacks have been halted by Hudson River flooding. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that plans to remove the cars sitting between North River and Tahawus were halted because river flooding deposited tons ...

Rail car company will remove its tankers from Adirondack track

Union Tank Car Company on Tuesday announced it has ordered removal of all of its rail cars from New York’s Adirondack Park. A total of approximately 65 empty, cleaned tank cars owned by Chicago-based Union Tank Car had been temporarily placed on rail lines controlled by the Iowa Pacific ...

Head of Scenic Railroad leaves for new job

UTICA — The Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which operates seasonal tourist trains, is looking for a new executive director after its director accepted a position in Washington state. Bethan Maher was hired by the American Heritage Railways to head up the Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging ...