Rail-trail debate (news)

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 ...

Cuomo seeks to derail Ad’k rail car storage plan

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking a federal agency to stop a railroad company from mothballing unused rail cars in the Adirondack Park. The Democrat announced Tuesday that the Department of Environmental Conservation is filing a petition to the Surface Transportation Board seeking ...

Saranac Lake village board now supports rail trail

SARANAC LAKE — Despite having voted down a similar resolution two months ago, the trustees of the village of Saranac Lake passed a resolution Monday night supporting the Lake Placid-Remsen Corridor rail trail. Passionate supporters of the rail trail and of another option, keeping the ...

Dueling train songs

A dispute over train car storage in North Creek has switched from train tracks to music tracks as Adirondack folk songwriter Dan Berggren and Iowa Pacific Holdings CEO Ed Ellis trade songs debating the issue. Equipped with guitars, the melody from “Home on the Range” and biting lyrics on ...

National Grid stockpiles wood to cover rails as it replaces power poles

LAKE PLACID — Trucks upon trucks loaded with long wooden beams have been coming into Lake Placid over the past few days and stockpiling the beams in a lot on Old Military Road beside the fire department. Lake Placid's electric superintendent, Kimball Daby, said National Grid has shipped ...

State files rail trail appeal notice

The state attorney general’s office, on behalf of the state departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation and the state Adirondack Park Agency, has filed a notice to appeal the recent court decision shooting down a proposed rail-trail plan. In September, acting state ...